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The African American Cultural Society is a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Host Community.  As such we are provided first-hand information on upcoming events and news.  The following is provided for your enjoyment and knowledge.  The series on "Reckoning with our Racial Past" is a video program of particular interest.  I hope you will enjoy!


Meshella E. Woods
Dir. of Curatorial Affairs
 
 
 
  Smithsonian

September 2021 News

 
 
Reckoning with Our Racial Past
"Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past" will facilitate conversations about race and racism through a national forum, regional events and education resources.

Smithsonian Launches "Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past" 

As part of an ongoing effort to steward thoughtful conversations about race, the Smithsonian has launched "Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past." This Institution-wide initiative offers a wealth of programming and resources that explore how Americans understand, experience, and confront the critical issues of race and racism and the lasting impact they have on the health, economy, and social fabric of the nation. 
 
 
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Present History guide
Present History, a Smithsonian at-home activity guide, created in partnership with USA TODAY.

Free Activity Guide Offers Historic Inspiration for Learners of All Ages

Gather your family for an afternoon of fun activities that all generations can enjoy together! The Smithsonian has teamed up with USA TODAY to create Present History, a Smithsonian at-home activity guide. This printable guide includes games, crafts, and puzzles that highlight objects and moments from the Smithsonian’s 175-year history that will excite, inspire, and offer moments of reflection.
 
 
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Collage of audio-visual material that will be screened during the Smithsonian 175th Film Fest. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. 

Screen Smithsonian History During the 175th Film Fest

Go deep into the vaults of the Smithsonian Institution Archives with the Smithsonian 175th Film Fest! Each month, you’ll screen historical footage and join in a discussion with archivists, conservators, and other subject matter experts. Learn about the origins of Smithsonian museums and research centers, follow a bird detective, learn about object conservation, and so much more. 

Register today to receive more information and reminders about the full program. 
 
 
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Anothology art
The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a 9-CD collection and coffee table book box set, is now available.

Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Chronicles Music and Culture from Kurtis Blow to Kanye West 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Institution’s award-winning Folkways record label have teamed up to create The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a 9-CD collection and book of photographs and essays which capture hip-hop’s evolution from its earliest days in the late 1970s to contemporary artists. 

This chronicle of hip-hop’s rise as a social and musical movement was brought to life with the help of a community of Kickstarter backers and is now available for you to enjoy! Visit the launch page to see the track list, download virtual backgrounds, discover related collections objects, and test your knowledge with a hip-hop history quiz. 
 
 
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