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Begin With The Past

Author: Mabel O. Wilson
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588345696
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"The Building of the National Museum of African American History and Culturetraces the making of this unparalleled museum. Founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III described it as "ten years in the making, and 100 years in the making," and Mabel O. Wilson explores that effort in her narrative. As she discovers, initial calls for a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture in the early twentieth century never got off the ground. In the late 1990s, the notion began to gain momentum from increasing public interest and Congressional support. In 2003 the museum was officially established. Yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. Wilson takes an in-depth look at the selection of the director, site, and architects in the years that followed. Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the museum is a tiered bronze beacon inviting us to understand our past and embrace our future. Wilson explores how the "four pillars" of the museum's mission shaped its powerful structure, and she teases out the rich cultural symbols and homages layered into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. This book is an important inside look at the making of a monument."

National Museum Of African American History And Culture

Author: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 158834570X
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Shares some of the treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections, including a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman, an open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; and Muhammad Ali's headgear.

Dream A World Anew

Author: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588345688
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"In association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture."

Long Road To Hard Truth

Author: Robert Wilkins
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ISBN: 9780997910407
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In Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Robert L. Wilkins tells the story of how his curiosity about why there wasn't a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture became an obsession-eventually leading him to quit his job as an attorney when his wife was seven months pregnant with their second child, and make it his mission to help the museum become a reality. Long Road to Hard Truth chronicles the early history, when staunch advocates sought to create a monument for Black soldiers fifty years after the end of the Civil War and in response to the pervasive indignities of the time, including lynching, Jim Crow segregation, and the slander of the racist film Birth of a Nation. The movement soon evolved to envision creating a national museum, and Wilkins follows the endless obstacles through the decades, culminating in his honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that wrote the plan for creating the museum and how, with support of both Black and White Democrats and Republicans, Congress finally authorized the museum. In September 2016, exactly 100 years after the movement to create it began, the Smithsonian will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The book's title is inspired in part by James Baldwin, who testified in Congress in 1968 that "My history... contains the truth about America. It is going to be hard to teach it." Long Road to Hard Truth concludes that this journey took 100 years because many in America are unwilling to confront the history of America's legacy of slavery and discrimination, and that the only reason this museum finally became a reality is that an unlikely, bipartisan coalition of political leaders had the courage and wisdom to declare that America could not, and should not, continue to evade the hard truth.

Negro Building

Author: Mabel O. Wilson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520268423
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Traces the evolution of black public history from the Civil War to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, giving voice to the figures who conceived the curatorial content--Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, A. Philip Randolph, Horace Cayton, and Margaret Burroughs

Let Your Motto Be Resistance

Author: Deborah Willis
Publisher: Smithsonian
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A companion to the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture traces 150 years of U.S. history through the lives of eminent leaders, in a volume of detailed portraits featuring such figures as Henry Highland Garnet, Paul Robeson, and Langston Hughes.

The Scurlock Studio And Black Washington

Author: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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Nearly a century's worth of Scurlock photographs combine to form a searing portrait of black Washington in all its guisesits challenges and its victories, its dignity and its determination. Beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing into the 1990s, Addison Scurlock, followed by his sons, Robert and George, used their cameras to document and celebrate a community unique in the world, and a stronghold in the history and culture of the nation's capital. Through photographs of formal weddings, elegant cotillions, ballet studios, and quiet family life, the Scurlocks revealed a world in which the black middle class refused to be defined or held captive by discrimination. From its home on the vibrant U Street corridor, the Scurlock Studio gave us indelible images of leaders and luminaries, of high society and working class, of Washingtonians at work and at play. In photograph after photograph, the Scurlocks captured an optimism and resiliency seldom seen in mainstream depictions of segregated society. Luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Ralph Bunche, Mary McLeod Bethune, Alain Locke, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lois Mailou Jones testify to the intellectual and cultural vibrancy that was unique to Washington and an inspiration to the nation. Photographs of a Peoples Drugstore protest and Marian Anderson's Easter morning concert at the Lincoln Memorial remind us that the struggle for equality in black Washington began long before the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Offering a rich lens into our past,The Scurlock Studio and Black Washingtonis a powerful trigger of personal and historical memory.

Sweet Home Caf Cookbook

Author: NMAAHC
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
ISBN: 1588346404
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"Classic, regional, modern. Recipes from the cafe"--Cover.

National Museums And Nation Building In Europe 1750 2010

Author: Peter Aronsson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317569148
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Europe’s national museums have since their creation been at the centre of on-going nation making processes. National museums negotiate conflicts and contradictions and entrain the community sufficiently to obtain the support of scientists and art connoisseurs, citizens and taxpayers, policy makers, domestic and foreign visitors alike. National Museums and Nation-building in Europe 1750-2010 assess the national museum as a manifestation of cultural and political desires, rather than that a straightforward representation of the historical facts of a nation. National Museums and Nation-building in Europe 1750-2010 examines the degree to which national museums have created models and representations of nations, their past, present and future, and proceeds to assess the consequences of such attempts. Revealing how different types of nations and states – former empires, monarchies, republics, pre-modern, modern or post-imperial entities – deploy and prioritise different types of museums (based on art, archaeology, culture and ethnography) in their making, this book constitutes the first comprehensive and comparative perspective on national museums in Europe and their intricate relationship to the making of nations and states.