Making African America
The Making African America symposium brought together fifty-three scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be Black in the United States.
Information & Resources
Making African America: The Arts
Making African America: Politics
Community Day: Telling Tales Of The Diaspora
Share Your Story
Join the Making African America Virtual Symposium conversation by sharing your story related to immigration through the Museum’s online community collection.
Tells us your journey, family’s journey, or simply share holiday traditions and unique recipes. We want to know how your personal history connects to the larger black diaspora or how you experience being black in America. To share your story with us, create an online account and upload an image and a brief entry using the tags Immigration, Diaspora, and Family. Visit our submission guidelines for tips on how to share a great community story. For more information on the Community Curation Platform, visit the Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History.
The Center for Global Migration Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park
The Center for Global Migration Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park works to advance teaching and interdisciplinary research around issues of migration and immigration. Working in collaboration with numerous academic departments, community organizations, and institutions in Washington, D.C., the Center is pioneering new ways of producing and sharing knowledge about the processes of migration.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture
Since opening September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed over 7 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.
Please contact us with questions about the Making African America virtual symposium.
African-American history might best be viewed as a series of great migrations, during which immigrants—at first forced and then free—transformed an alien place into a home, becoming deeply rooted in a land that once was foreign, even despised. After each migration, the newcomers created new understandings of the African-American experience and new definitions of blackness.Ira Berlin
Explore the Collection
Costume dress and belt for Dorothy in The Wiz on Broadway, 1975
"Ethiopia," ca. 1921
"Free Huey!" 1970
This symposium and program is generously supported by