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Smithsonian offering free timed-entry passes to visit new museum in Washington

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

The dedication of the Smithsonian?s National Museum of African American History and Culture will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, on the National Mall. Following the dedication ceremony, the museum will be open to the public Saturday, Sept. Show More Summary

Want to go to the African American History Museum on its opening weekend? You’re too late.

All tickets to next month’s opening weekend of the National Museum of African American History and Culture were snapped up within the hour they first became available Saturday morning. Smithsonian officials said 28,500 free, timed passes for Sept. 24 and 25 were distributed in the website and via a special phone service. Passes for later in […]

Free tickets to African American museum available starting Saturday

Free, timed tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be available starting Saturday on the museum’s website, Smithsonian officials said, although they warned that admission to the opening weekend will be “very limited.” Starting at 9 a.m., visitors can request up to six free timed passes per email address submitted […]

A New Home

“But artifacts cannot speak for themselves; the meaning of a museum is determined by acts of interpretation.” Year in Reading alumnus Vinson Cunningham writes on the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The post A New Home appeared first on The Millions.

A Darker Presence

A few years ago, Rex Ellis, the associate director of curatorial affairs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in September on the Mall in Washington, D.C., made a phone call. Ellis is a natural storyteller, with a voice that mixes congestion and control in a manner reminiscent of Jesse Jackson’s. Show More Summary

Does the New Netflix Series 'The Get Down' Do Justice in its Portrayal of the Bronx?

'Jake Offenhartz, freelance journalist and editor at, and Mark Naison, professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, discuss the depictions of the Bronx in the 1970s in the new Netflix series The Get Down and listeners join the conversation with their experiences.' -- WNYC

Emmett Till’s Casket Is ‘One of Our Most Sacred Objects’ at African-American History Museum 

Curating for a museum is no doubt a difficult job, and one of the more difficult decisions that Lonnie Bunch III—founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture—remembers grappling with was whether to include the casket that once held the brutalized remains of Emmett Till. “I remember struggling with, ‘Should we […]

Thurgood Marshall’s interracial love: ‘I don’t care what people think. I’m marrying you.’

He was an African American legal giant. She was a Filipino American secretary. Cissy Marshall, now 88, recalls their life together and the history she witnessed.

Yet Another Way the Baltimore Police Unfairly Target Black People

What do you get when you take a very segregated city with a history of high racial tension, give it a police department that is demonstrably racially biased against African Americans, and arm those police with secret high-tech surveillance tools? The answer: Baltimore. Show More Summary

She Discovered The Hidden Histories Of California's African American Pioneers

Delilah Beasley was the first African American woman to write a regular column in a major daily newspaper. In addition, she was a fighter against lynching and a historian who brought to life the contributions of her people in California...Show More Summary

Architects Newspaper sneaks a peek at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Over at Architect's Newspaper we spotted new photographs of Washington D.C's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)—and they’re fantastic. Photographer Darren Bradley captured dramatic snaps of the strikingShow More Summary

History of Black Uprisings from Watts to Ferguson -- Conversation with Donna Murch

'Donna Murch gives an historical outline of the African American uprisings from Watts in Los Angeles in 1965 to Ferguson, MO in 2014 after the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer. Murch is associate professor of history at Rutgers...Show More Summary

Simone Manuel Becomes 1st African American Female Swimmer to Win Olympic Gold in Individual Event 

Black girls are truly magic. And Simone Manuel, a black American swimmer, just shattered all stereotypes and made a definitive mark in history. Manuel became the first African-American female swimmer to take home the Olympic gold in an individual event when she finished the 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics on Thursday night with a time of […]

Michael Phelps and Simone Manuel Win Gold, Make Olympics History

He beat an ancient Greek, and she’s the first African American woman to medal in an individual swimming event.

National Museum of African American History and Culture gets $5 million gift from Michael Jordan

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s National Museum of African American History and Culture today announced that Michael Jordan will donate $5 million to support the new museum, which will open Sept. 24. In addition, Jordan will donate a game-worn 1996 NBA Finals home jersey to the museum?s permanent collection. Show More Summary

Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture presents new book

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Photography has served a crucial role in providing a visual record of African American history. ?Double Exposure? is a major multivolume series based on the National Museum of African American History and Culture?s photography collection. Show More Summary

Ava DuVernay Becomes First African American Woman to Command $100 Million Film Budget

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

We love Ava DuVernay around here, which is why we're super stoked about the fact that she's just become the first woman of color to command a $100 million budget in movie history.

'Picturing Children' Shows More Than A Century Of African-American Childhoods

'The National Museum of African American History and Culture's director Lonnie Bunch talks about a new book from the museum's collection showing a snapshot of life for African-American children.' -- +NPR

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