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Name: For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Dates(s): Jun. 10, 2011- Nov. 27, 2011
Location: National Museum of American History, National Museum of African American History and Culture Gallery
Description: Explores the historic role of TV, magazines, movies - mass culture - in the birth of the civil rights movement in the United States. For more information, visit: National Museum of American History and National Museum of African American History and Culture

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IndiVisible: African-Native American Lived in the Americas

Dates: July 4, 2011–February 2, 2012
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, National Mall, Washington, DC
This exhibition focuses on the interactions between African American and Native American people, especially those of blended heritage. It also sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity, and addresses the human desires of being and belonging. With compelling text and powerful graphics, IndiVisible includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. Stories are set within the context of a larger society that, for centuries, has viewed people through the prism of race brought to the Western Hemisphere by European settlers.

By combining the voices of the living with those of their ancestors, IndiVisible provides an extraordinary opportunity to understand the history and contemporary perspectives of people of African and Native American descent. The exhibition is accompanied by a 160-page publication and 10-minute media piece. For more information, visit: http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/indivisible/

Name: RACE: Are We So Different? Locker Project

Date(s): Jun. 18, 2011 - Jan. 2, 2012
Location: National Museum of Natural History, RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition gallery
Description: Elementary, middle, and high school students from District of Columbia public schools created four lockers that represent their group's point of view on "What is Race?" "What does race mean to you?" "Has your life been affected by race?"

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

Date(s): ongoing, permanent
Location: National Air and Space Museum, Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
Black Wings covers significant figures, events, and themes associated with African Americans in aviation and aerospace history. It documents the struggles of those individuals who were systematically barred from the ranks of military and civil aviation, and tells the story of how they overcame enormous obstacles to break into aviation.  For more information visit: http://www.nasm.si.edu/blackwings

Name: Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America

Date(s): ongoing, permanent
Location: National Museum of American History, 2 West
Explores the nation’s history through the experiences of three different communities: industrial workers and managers in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Jewish immigrants in Cincinnati, Ohio; and slaves and free blacks in the low country of South Carolina. Some 400 artifacts, photographs, illustrations, and personal recollections reveal the challenges, successes, and constraints faced by the people of these communities in their pursuit of freedom, opportunity, and equality. For more information, visit the exhibition webpage.

Name: Greensboro Lunch Counter

Date(s): ongoing, permanent
Location: National Museum of American History, 2 East
Description: On Feb. 1, 1960, four African American students sat down at this counter in Greensboro, N.C., and asked for service. They were refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil and David L. Richmond were all enrolled at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College. Their "passive sit-down demand" began the first sustained sit-in and ignited a youth-led movement to challenge injustice and inequality throughout the South.

Join the Students Sit-Ins daily at the Greensboro Lunch Counter, daily schedule can be found at http://americanhistory.si.edu/events/#/?i=1

Name: Sweet and Sour

Date(s): ongoing, permanent
Location: National Museum of American History, Artifact Walls, 1 East
Description: This special case highlights the history of Chinese restaurants and food in America. The development and eventual ubiquity of Chinese restaurants in the United States mirrors the long history of Chinese immigration, exclusion, exoticism and perseverance.

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Volunteer Voices

Visitors to RACE: Are We So Different? will meet trained volunteers there to encourage dialogue and reflection, answer questions, and help visitors explore the exhibition. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.

Race exhibit Volunteer: Olivia Smith-Elnaggar


Name: Olivia Smith-Elnaggar

“I am a sophomore at George Washington University where I study English, with aspirations of writing and editing novels after attending graduate school. I am a black, Muslim woman starting to find my voice and stand on issues like racism and fear of the unknown. The National Museum of Natural History is my favorite of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museums, and I think that it is ideal as a venue for such a controversial and universally perplexing topic as "Race." I hope to be a positive influence in the discussion and to challenge some persisting misconceptions in visitors.”


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