How the great influx of people from Africa and the Caribbean since 1965 is challenging what it means to be African-American
February 2010 | By Ira Berlin
Journalist Rebecca Skloot’s new book investigates how a poor black tobacco farmer had a groundbreaking impact on modern medicine
January 22, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Simeon Wright recalls the events surrounding his cousin's murder and the importance of having the casket on public display
November 2009 | By Abby Callard
For years, the recording industry excluded black artists. Along came Motown, and suddenly everyone was singing its tunes
September 29, 2009 | By Marian Smith Holmes
Bill T. Jones, one of America’s foremost living choreographers, tackles Lincoln’s complicated legacy in his newest work
September 11, 2009 | By Rebecca Milzoff
Larry Tye, author of a Satchel Paige biography, will join Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Wil Haygood, Washington Post columnist, in a discussion about the famous pitcher at the Carmichael Auditorium of the National Museum of ...
September 08, 2009 | By Abby Callard
A glass-topped casket that once held the battered body of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy whose brutal 1955 murder in Mississippi galvanized the civil rights movement was donated last week to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The announcement was made Frid...
September 01, 2009 | By Abby Callard
Comedian and social critic Dick Gregory will take to the stage Thursday, at 6 PM, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Oratorium stage. Gregory will speak with the Smithsonian's Lonnie G. Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as part of the festival's pr...
July 01, 2009 | By Ashley Luthern
Poet and hip-hop artist Toni Blackman brought her hot rhymes to an equally hot stage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. As temperatures climbed into the upper 80s Thursday, Blackman read from her book of poetry, Inner Course: A Plea for Real Love.She also performed several spoken word pieces, a...
June 26, 2009 | By Ashley Luthern
African American jockeys once dominated the track. But by 1921, they had disappeared from the Kentucky Derby
April 24, 2009 | By Lisa K. Winkler
"A fundamental principle of American democracy is that individuals should stand up for their rights and beliefs and fight for justice." ~ Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009.Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously agreed to fund a 5-year initiative to record oral and video historie...
April 23, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
The design concept of Foster + Partners/URS Group, Inc. may have claimed favorite in our readers' poll, but the stately, bronze structure submitted by architects Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup won the hearts of the official jury, charged with making the final decision about what the National Museum...
April 14, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
The Smithsonian Institution has revealed the six architectural designs vying to become the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The concepts—from boxy to spiral-shaped (like the inside of a conch shell, really), geometric to organic—certainly run the gamut. And there’s no shorta...
March 30, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
Built by a self-taught black architect, the Arkansas church has hosted leaders in the black community for over a century
March 2009 | By Marian Smith Holmes
The Falls Church, Virginia, office provides record of a historic victory, now part of the collections
January 29, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
What should President-elect Barack Obama do in his first 100 days of office? Should he push for universal health care? Intervene in the Israel-Gaza conflict? Put forward legislation to create green jobs?These questions will be discussed by some of the nation’s top college debaters at The Inaugural ...
January 14, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
One of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964 was James Chaney. His younger brother would never be the same
December 2008 | By Hank Klibanoff
There’s nothing overtly impressive about the section of a luncheonette counter placed behind glass in a corner of the National Museum of American History’s temporary gallery ("Treasures of American History," on display at the Air and Space Museum while the NMAH gets a makeover).The padded vinyl se...
February 11, 2008 | By admin
The inaugural show of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
February 2008 | By Lucinda Moore
Paying tribute to America's first black opera
January 30, 2008 | By Marian Smith Holmes