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Lincoln University Facing Shuttering of History Department Because of Financial Woes 

Lincoln University, an HBCU in Missouri, is known for its rich history, founded by veterans from the 62nd and 65th U.S. Colored Infantries who were determined to build a school for African Americans. However, now, Inside Higher Ed reports, the school’s board of curators has voted 4-2 in a special meeting to deactivate the university’s […]

Small Kansas town with big history tells story of former slaves in a new way

An often-overlooked chapter in African American history — former slaves homesteading on the prairies —  comes vividly to life this month in a tiny Kansas town. These days, only about 50 people live in Nicodemus. But in the 1870s, former slaves left Kentucky to experience freedom in what some described...

Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, Two Forgotten Histories, and 2016 America

In the course of its unique, multi-multi-generational structure, Yaa Gyasi's striking debut novel Homegoing (2016) moves through more than two centuries of both West African and American history. Her characters and communities thus experience...Show More Summary

Relics from Slave Ship to be Displayed in Smithsonian’s African American History Mueum 

As the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continues to prepare for its grand opening in September, so does the collection that museum curators are pulling together to display for guests. The latest acquisition, according to WJLA, are iron ballasts recovered from a Portuguese slave ship that sank in the 1790s off […]

Smithsonian African American museum debuts new website

The National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a revamped website Monday, offering information about the opening ceremonies in September, extended stories about pieces in the collection and details about making a contribution. Visitors to can read about the opening ceremony Sept. 24 as well as the three-day “Freedom Sounds: A Community […]

slave names no longer forgotten

The Virginia Historical Society has a website that brings together many documents from the antebellum period of American history so that you can search for the names of African Americans who might otherwise be lost to history. From the website: This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to […]

How The Smithsonian’s Next Museum Is Going To Extend America’s ‘National Conversation On Race’

Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: “We felt it was really important to take on things that might be deemed controversial or difficult. And the challenge for us was to find the right tension between those moments of pain and those moments of resiliency. … This is […]

New David Adjaye Profile Reveals Details of Architect's Work and Life

The starchitect talks to Vogue With the National Museum of African American History and Culture opening in September, David Adjaye is leaning into what will most certainly be his best year ever—and he’s not yet 50 years old. In a revealing...Show More Summary

What objects make up your experiences of black history in America? Share your story with us.

Objects hold history. Each one is a story, stamped in time. When it opens in September, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will display thousands of objects — and their stories — that have shaped African American history. As we bring you the latest updates on the museum, we’re also collecting photos of your objects, the […]

‘The Obama Effect’ on the names of African American babies

Barack Obama’s election to the US Presidency didn’t just change history. According to new research, collective pride in his achievement also changed how African Americans named their babies, with many post-2008 parents opting for more ethnic-sounding names.

A Tragic Routine: Mass Shootings on the Rise

In history and government classes, we may have learned about the fight for women's suffrage, the fight for African American's civil rights, and the milestones the United States has achieved in becoming less discriminatory and more open-minded. But...Show More Summary

Cypress Hills Taxidermy Studio in Queens, New York

In the early 1900s, taxidermy was a thriving industry in New York City. The taxidermists who handled Theodore Roosevelt’s prey and the great African elephants in the American Museum of Natural History had a steady flow of customers. Today however, as one might imagine, the scene has dwindled. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Makes History: America Could Have Its First Female President

"We bear witness to an historic moment, as we did when Barack Obama became president." I still remember the night Barack Obama won the presidency. I was with people who, like me, could never have imagined that an African American could become president. Show More Summary

June's Hottest Albums, Breakup Museum & More: 5 Things We Loved This Week

From June's hottest album releases to the pending opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, here are five things we loved in Arts & Culture this week:  From Paul Simon to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Newsweek staffers picked the albums being released in June that we can't wait to listen to. Show More Summary

Smithsonian’s National African-American Museum opens at last

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture was over a century in the making. In 1915, black Civil War veterans collected funds they later put toward creating a museum on the National Mall that would celebrate African-American achievement. In 1929, President Calvin...

Racist history, lack of park-going culture reasons for few black visitors to parks

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Recent studies have shown that visitors to U.S. national and state parks are disproportionately white, with low numbers of ethnic minorities, especially African Americans. Now, a University of Missouri researcher hasShow More Summary

Watch Kenan And Kel Reunite, Bond Over Jurassic Park Tickets

People of a certain age will know that before Kenan Thompson became the longest-serving African American cast member in Saturday Night Live history, he was simply one half of the Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel. Seeing Kenan Thompson reunite...Show More Summary

Jewish Museum Honors Rosenwald and Other Educational Philanthropists

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) will induct Julius Rosenwald, the late CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co. whose philanthropy transformed education for African Americans, into their Only In America/Hall of Fame at a gala in New York on June 1, 2016. Show More Summary

Vintage sites considered important in L.A.'s African American history could receive special protection

Stepping out of a dingy motel office shielded by security bars, Lily Ho held up a faded and torn photograph. It showed the building shortly after it opened south of downtown Los Angeles in 1947. Back then, the Hayes Motel was sleek, modern and clean. The one Ho stood outside of this spring is a...

Smithsonian African-American history museum to fill void in downtown Washington

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making...Show More Summary

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