Smithsonian NMAAHC

Smithsonian NMAAHC


Journey through the lens of the African American experience. #APeoplesJourney, #ANationsStory Legal: https://t.co/VVMfPedjBA

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Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, a seven-day African American and Pan-African holiday founded by Maulana Ron Karenga in 1966 that celebrates history, values, family, community, and culture. Join the NMAAHC virtual Kwanzaa celebration at our new webpage:

Join us today for The People’s Holiday, our annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This virtual celebration features activities for families & a performance by Grammy award-winning bassist Christian McBride: .

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#OTD In the 1949 Christmas Eve episode of Studs’ Place —Studs Terkel's improvisational TV drama— Mahalia Jackson guest stars and shares two musical performances. She sings “Go Tell It On The Mountain” trying to cheer up a young pregnant woman missing her husband away in the Army.

#OTD in 1980, Robert (Bob) L. Johnson launched Black Entertainment Television@BET ). The network started with 2 hours of weekly programming and became a full-fledged cable channel in 1983. #APeoplesJourney 

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In 1926, Carter G. Woodson founded the first Negro History Week, timed to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s and Fredrick Douglass’s birthdays. It wasn’t until 1976 that President Ford extended the observation to a full month—one honoring the contributions of black Americans. #BHM 

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#OTD in 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston Bay, TX—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Known as #Juneteenth , this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the U.S. #APeoplesJourney 

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In July of 1963, fifteen girls were jailed for challenging segregation laws. Ages 12 to 15, they were held for 45 days in the back woods of Leesburg, Georgia. Their parents had no knowledge of where authorities were holding their children: #HiddenHerstory 

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A statement from our Founding Director Lonnie Bunch on the noose found in our history galleries today.

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A deserving hug between @repjohnlewis  and @POTUS . It's been a long journey and we're all grateful to be here.…

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Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an “abominable crime,” yet he was a lifelong slaveholder. His statue stands in our Slavery & Freedom exhibition with the names of the 600 men, women and children he enslaved at Monticello. #ANationsStory 

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