The National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate Black History Month with a series of free performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions. Here’s a look at what will take place this month.
Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.: “The Coming” (2015, St. Martin’s Press) by Daniel Black, chronicles the hardships of the Middle Passage endured by captured Africans on their tragic voyage to enslavement in the Americas. Dr. Black will discuss his third novel with Gregory Carr, professor and chair of African American Studies, Howard University at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.: Film: “Ashes and Embers” a special screening of the film by acclaimed film director Haile Gerima at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium. Ashes and Embers follows an African American Vietnam veteran as he tries to make a future for himself while grappling with his turbulent past. On the occasion of the film’s restoration and re-release, the director will be joined by Academy Award–nominated director Ava DuVernay (Selma) for a screening and discussion.
Featured Exhibition: The National Museum of African American History and Culture will present “Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection” in its gallery space in the National Museum of American History. This preview of collections spans American history from the Revolutionary era to the present.
In addition to the exhibit at the National Museum of American History, The National Museum of African American History and Culture also presents, “Little Rock Nine—Selected Objects” in its American Stories Exhibition Space. The exhibition, on display from Feb. 8 through May, documents the historic desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Collection highlights include a yearbook, a personal letter from President Eisenhower, photographs and a notice of suspension from the school.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. Scheduled to open in September 2016, the museum is under construction on the National Mall on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument.
The featured event, film screening and featured exhibitions are free, but registration is strongly encouraged. For additional details on Black History Month events and registration, please visit the museum’s website.