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Join @AdibaNelson author of “Ain’t That a Mother” and award-winning columnist, @DeeshaPhilyaw on Thursday, May 12 at the museum in conversation about Nelson's memoir, which chronicles her experiences as a new mom of a special needs child. More:
Tomorrow our latest exhibition opens, “Represent: Hip-Hop Photography,” featuring photographs from Bill Adler’s Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection that illustrate the early days of hip-hop & its expansion to a cultural phenomenon: #SmithsonianHipHop
Join us on Tues. May 10 for a 2-part program in honor of #MothersDay. We’ll be in conversation with @annas_tea_, bestselling author of “The Three Mothers", & @CTurlington of @everymomcounts followed by a moderated panel on Black maternal health. Register:
African American servicemen and women have fought bravely, even as they were denied rights back at home. Their struggles exemplify the paradoxes of America's own stated commitments to freedom and equality -- but also their sacrifices for our nation. #MilitaryAppreciationMonth
During the pandemic, Black Americans died of Covid-19 at a higher rate than any other group. Learn about what’s being done to change this on The Color of Care, a new doc with @Oprah. It starts NOW and it's streaming for free through the month of May.
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This #AAPIHeritageMonth and all year, our @SmithsonianAPA centers Asian American and Pacific Islander voices and stories, breaking down bias and celebrating culture and community. For #SmithsonianAPAHM, explore and share these rich resources.
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On May 2, Laurie Anderson and Mohammed el Gharani, who was detained at Guantánamo Bay from 2002 to 2009, will participate in a conversation exploring human rights and incarceration moderated by activist and film producer Kweku Mandela. Register:
#OnThisDay in 1899, jazz musician Duke Ellington was born in Washington, D.C. Ellington wrote more than 1,000 compositions during his lifetime and is credited as one of the most influential American composers. #APeoplesJourney
.@AstroVicGlover was at @NMAAHC earlier today discussing his career as an astronaut, his recent mission to the @Space_Station, and the future of @NASAArtemis missions to the Moon. More 📷s from the
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@NMAAHCdirector Kevin Young shares his personal family account at the premiere of #TheColorOfCare as to why healthcare equity in communities of color is so critical. @NMAAHC (1/3)
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This jacket and pants set, worn by MC Hammer in the music video for "They Put Me in the Mix," are now in our museum collection and on view in our Musical Crossroads exhibition. Do you own "hammer pants?" Show us your style!
#OnThisDay in 1990, MC Hammer hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with his third LP, "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," after his hit song "You Can't Touch This." #APeoplesGroove
LIVE NOW: @AstroVicGlover is at @NMAAHC discussing his career as an astronaut, his recent mission to the @Space_Station, and the future of @NASAArtemis missions to the Moon.…
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⭐Don't miss today's Exploring Space discussion and Q&A with @NASA's @AstroVicGlover! See you at 12:30pm ET:…
Dr. Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, critically acclaimed poet & author whose career spanned over 50 years. Angelou made literary history with her first publication “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” influencing the start of the Black Women’s Literary Renaissance.
Tonight, The Color of Care from Executive Producer @Oprah and Director @yford premieres at @NMAAHC. @dralfiee, a psychologist & founder of @AAKOMAProject, spoke to us about what it means to be here tonight to highlight health disparities in communities of color. #TheColorOfCare
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Come celebrate the last week of #NationalPoetryMonth with us tomorrow at 12:00pm ET for a virtual poetry writing workshop. More:…
During his six months aboard the @Space_Station, @AstroVicGlover served as the pilot of the @SpaceX Crew-1 mission, completed four spacewalks, and worked on @ISS_Research. Tomorrow he will be speaking at @NMAAHC about the future of space:
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Volunteers power the Smithsonian’s mission. This #VolunteerAppreciationMonth, I join everyone across the Smithsonian in celebrating the thousands of volunteers who serve in many capacities, both on-site and virtually.
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Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born #OnThisDay in 1927 in Marion, Alabama. Her work in social justice was influential to her husband Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and continued long after his death. #APeoplesJourney
Have a question for @AstroVicGlover? He’ll be at @NMAAHC this Thursday talking about his life, his experience, and the future of space travel. Submit questions by midnight tonight ET: Tune in April 28 for answers:
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Poet, playwright, and publisher, Amiri Baraka helped solidify the beginnings of the Black Arts Movement through his writings and activism. Baraka was a founder of the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School in Harlem and Spirit House in his hometown of Newark, NJ. #APeoplesJourney
In celebration of #PreservationWeek, a behind-the-scenes look at a joint Library of Congress and @NMAAHC preservation project from a few years ago: A photo album that included a previously unknown portrait of Harriet Tubman. Read more:…
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#OnThisDay in 1950, Charles “Chuck” Cooper became the first African American drafted to an NBA team. Cooper finished his six-year NBA career with averages of 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and was inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame posthumously in 2019.
Mark your calendars for this summer's Folklife Festival, where visitors to the National Mall can explore examples of conservation successes from communities around the globe working toward our shared sustainable future. #EarthOptimism #EarthDay
#DYK our museum reading grove is filled with oak trees inspired by the themes of hope & optimism? Sapelo Trees are native to Sapelo Island, one of the last remaining homes of the Saltwater Geechee culture: #EarthOptimism #EarthDay
Born #OnThisDay in 1922, Charles Mingus, Jr. is widely considered one of the most influential musicians in jazz. He was a bass virtuoso, and his compositions combined elements of multiple musical genres including African American gospel music, blues & classical. #APeoplesGroove
👨🏾‍🚀 Our museum is honored to welcome ba@NASAASA astronaut Victor Glover on Thursday, April 28 at 12:30pm. Join us for an exciting conversation about his life, time in space, and the future of space travel. Sign-up
🚀 Please submit any questions you have for Victor in advance
Join us today at 12:00pm for a poetry workshop where we will create work inspired by objects in our museum's #MakeGoodThePromises exhibition. Register for today's session here:…
Carrie Mae Weems, a photographer and artist who focuses on African American life, was born #OnThisDay in 1953.
Langston Hughes was a poet & central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He focused squarely on the lives of working-class Black Americans, delicately dismantling clichés and, in doing so, arriving at a genuine portrayal of the people he knew best. More:
The Wheatley family encouraged Phillis to learn to read and write and took notice of her talent for writing poetry. In 1773, Phillis Wheatley's book "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" was published. She was later emancipated. #APeoplesJourney
Born in West Africa and sold into slavery at the age of 7 or 8, Phillis Wheatley became the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry in the U.S. Phillis was enslaved by the Wheatley family of Boston. #NationalPoetryMonth
Easter Monday at the @NationalZoo soon became a traditional African American family event. Crowds spent the day seeing the animals, picnicking, & enjoying the Annual Easter Egg Roll on Lion & Tiger Hill. The tradition continues for all interested families.…
After the @smithsonian's @NationalZoo opened in 1891, families began visiting the National Zoo on the Monday after Easter Sunday. Many of the visitors were African Americans who worked as domestics and had the day off after Easter Sunday. #APeoplesJourney
#OnThisDay in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. He signed the D.C. Emancipation Act into law 8 months before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation to liberate enslaved persons in the South. More:
Continue the celebration of #JackieRobinsonDay tonight at 7:30 pm during a live, virtual panel hosted by our museum on how this moment impacted America: #Jackie42 #GameChangers
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On Sat. April 16, celebrate the 75th anniversary of #JackieRobinsonDay with a live, interactive program! Intended for children ages 5-8 but all are welcome. More info & registration:… #AmericasHomeRun
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#DidYouKnow today is National Jackie Robinson Day in the US? 75 years ago, Jackie made his Major League Baseball debut. Dive into his extraordinary story with @NMAAHC.
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Today is the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson integrating Major League Baseball. Robinson endured torrents of abuse while playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, who he led to six pennants and a World Series title. This 1949 photo is in @smithsoniannpg. #JackieRobinsonDay
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Explore our new @googlearts story on Jackie Robinson in celebration of #JackieRobinsonDay: #Jackie42 #GameChangers
Seventy-five years ago today when Jackie Robinson made his MLB debut and integrated the sport, fans received pins like this one, now in @NMAAHC. With patriotic flare, it declared support for Jackie—and civil rights. A must-read post on #JackieRobinsonDay:
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And don’t forget to visit Baseball: #AmericasHomeRun, the @PostalMuseum’s new bilingual exhibit using a unique postal lens – from fan letters to baseball stamps – to explore America’s national pastime:
Continue the celebration of #JackieRobinsonDay tonight at 7:30 pm during a live, virtual panel hosted by our museum on how this moment impacted America: #Jackie42 #GameChangers
In celebration of this monumental day in history, known as #JackieRobinsonDay, watch the full video on Jackie Robinson with our museum’s Curator of Sports, Damion Thomas:… #GameChangers #Jackie42
50 yrs after he broke the color barrier, Robinson was honored as his uniform number, 42, was retired from the @MLB, making him the first player to have his number retired by every single team in the league. See one of his jerseys at our museum: #Jackie42
Jackie Robinson’s entrance into the @MLB was monumental. It was the most publicly discussed development in American race relations between the end of WWII in 1945 & the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. Read more in our collection story: #Jackie42
75 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day. While some players were brilliant hitters or had blazing speed or were remarkable fielders, Robinson had it all. #GameChangers #JackieRobinsonDay #Jackie42
Listen as our museum’s Curator of Sports Damion Thomas discusses how Jackie Robinson impacted the Civil Rights Movement both on and off the field as we get ready to celebrate #JackieRobinsonDay. Full video here:… #GameChangers #Jackie42
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