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Click for more detail about Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by National Museum of African American History & Culture Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Apr 11, 2017)
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This fully illustrated guide to the Smithsonian’s newest museum takes visitors on a journey through the richness and diversity of African American culture and the history of a people whose struggles, aspirations, and achievements have shaped the nation. Opened in September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture welcomes all visitors who seek to understand, remember, and celebrate this history. The guidebook provides a comprehensive tour of the museum, including its magnificent building and grounds and eleven permanent exhibition galleries dedicated to themes of history, community, and culture. Highlights from the museum’s collection of artifacts and works of art are presented in full-color photographs, accompanied by evocative stories and voices that illuminate the American experience through the African American lens.


Click for more detail about Dream a World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America by National Museum of African American History & Culture Dream a World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Sep 27, 2016)
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Dream A World Anew is the stunning gift book accompanying the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It combines informative narratives from leading scholars, curators, and authors with objects from the museum’s collection to present a thorough exploration of African American history and culture. The first half of the book bridges a major gap in our national memory by examining a wide arc of African American history, from Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Migrations through Segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. The second half of the book celebrates African American creativity and cultural expressions through art, dance, theater, and literature. Sidebars and profiles of influential figures—including Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls, Ida B. Wells, Mordecai Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and many others—provide additional context and interest throughout the book. Dream a World Anew is a powerful book that provides an opportunity to explore and revel in African American history and culture, as well as the chance to see how central African American history is for all Americans.


Click for more detail about Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture by Mabel O. Wilson Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

by Mabel O. Wilson
Smithsonian Books (Sep 27, 2016)
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Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a tiered bronze beacon inviting everyone to learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it helped shape this nation. Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the story of how this unparalleled museum found its place in the nation’s collective memory and on its public commons.

Begin with the Past presents the long history of efforts to build a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture. In 2003 the museum was officially established at long last, yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. The book traces the appointment of the director, the selection of the site, and the process of conceiving, designing, and constructing a public monument to the achievements and contributions of African Americans. The careful selection of architects, designers, and engineers culminated in a museum that embodies African American sensibilities about space, form, and material and incorporates rich cultural symbols into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place for all Americans to understand our past and embrace our future, and this book is a testament to the inspiration and determination that went into creating this unique place.


Click for more detail about National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Souvenir Book by National Museum of African American History & Culture National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Souvenir Book

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Sep 27, 2016)
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This souvenir book showcases some of the most influential and important treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collections. These include a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman; ankle shackles used to restrain enslaved people on ships during the Middle Passage; a dress that Rosa Parks was making shortly before she was arrested; a vintage, open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; Muhammad Ali’s headgear; an 1835 Bill of Sale enslaving a young girl named Polly; and Chuck Berry’s Cadillac. These objects tell us the full story of African American history, of triumphs and tragedies and highs and lows. This book, like the museum it represents, uses artifacts of African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American.


Click for more detail about Picturing Children (Double Exposure) by National Museum of African American History & Culture Picturing Children (Double Exposure)

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Jul 05, 2016)
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Volume four in the Double Exposure series features a diverse selection of photographs of children: spontaneous records of intimate family moments, playtime, and communal activities, as well as posed portraits. Photographers include Henry Clay Anderson, Wayne F. Miller, Joe Schwartz, Jamel Shabazz, Milton Williams, and Ernest C. Withers.


Click for more detail about African American Women (Double Exposure) by National Museum of African American History & Culture African American Women (Double Exposure)

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Jul 07, 2015)
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Volume 3 of Double Exposure highlights NMAAHC’s rich collection of photographs of African American women, some of whom are cultural icons. This volume demonstrates the dignity, joy, heartbreak, commitment, and sacrifice of women of all ages and backgrounds, with photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beverly Conley, Robert Galbraith, Ernest C. Withers, Wayne F. Miller, P.H. Polk, Joe Schwartz, and Milton Williams.Aligned to Common Core StandardsNatasha Trethewey was the United States Poet Laureate 20122013. She has written an original essay and reprinted two poems for this title.Kinshasha Holman Conwill is the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Click for more detail about Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality (Double Exposure) by National Museum of African American History & Culture Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality (Double Exposure)

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Jul 07, 2015)
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Volume 2 of Double Exposure commemorates the ongoing fight to fulfil the promise of freedom and equality for all American citizens, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. It features powerful images from, for example, Leonard Freed’s series, Black in White America, Ernest C. Withers’s photographs of the Sanitation Workers’ Solidarity March in Nashville, and Charles Moore’s documentation of police brutality during the 1963 Birmingham Childrens’ Crusade.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor at NYU School of Law.


Click for more detail about Through the African American Lens: Double Exposure by National Museum of African American History & Culture Through the African American Lens: Double Exposure

by National Museum of African American History & Culture
Smithsonian Books (Feb 17, 2015)
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Double Exposure is a major new series based on the remarkable photography collection supporting the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). From daguerreotype portraits taken before the Civil War to twenty-first century digital prints, this series is a striking visual record of key historical events, cultural touchstones, and private and communal moments that helps to illuminate African American life.In addition to featuring fifty photographs from a broad range of African American experiences, each thematic volume includes introductions by some of the leading historians, activists, photographers, and writers of our times. Many of the images in the series are by famous photographers such as Spider Martin, Gordon Parks, Ernest C. Withers, Wayne F. Miller, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. There are also iconic images, such as McPherson & Oliver’s Gordon under Medical Inspection (circa 1867), and Charles Moore’s photographs of the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade. These take their place next to unfamiliar or recently discovered images, including work by Henry Clay Anderson of everyday life in the black community in Greenville (MS), during the height of the Jim Crow segregation laws.Volume 1: Through the African American Lens is an introduction to the photography collection, revealing the ways in which African Americans have used activism, community, and culture to fight for social justice and create a better life.Aligned to Common Core StandardsDeborah Willis is an art photographer and university professor and chair at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.


Click for more detail about Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits by Deborah Willis Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits

by Deborah Willis
Smithsonian Books (Sep 01, 2008)
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This stunning collection of photographic portraits traces US history through the lives of well-known abolitionists, artists, scientists, writers, statesman, entertainers, and sports figures. Drawing on the photographic collections of the National Portrait Gallery, author Deborah Willis explores how these images—many by famous photographers—reveal the nation’s history through an African American lens and challenge us all to uphold America’s highest ideals and promises. Let Your Motto Be Resistance is the inaugural publication of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.