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  • Thurgood Marshall as a Civil Rights Lawyer
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    Thurgood Marshall as a Civil Rights Lawyer

    Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African Amercan History and Culture discussed the life of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall with legal historian Paul…

  • World War I African Americans and Civil Rights
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    World War I, African Americans and Civil Rights

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture recently released a book called We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity. In conjunction, the museum also has…

  • emA Fools Errandem
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    A Fool's Errand

    Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch, author of A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture During the Age of Bush, Obama, and…

  • 400th Anniversary of Forced African Migration
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    400th Anniversary of Forced African Migration

    In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the beginning of forced migration of Africans to North America, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History hosted a panel discussion…

  • Early 20th Century African American Migration
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    Early 20th Century African American Migration

    Historian Spencer Crew talked about the Great Migration, during which over six million African Americans moved after World War I from the rural South to urban areas in the North and West.…

  • Teaching Underground Railroad History
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    Teaching Underground Railroad History

    Historians talked about some on the most common misconceptions about the Underground Railroad and imagine what it might have been like to escape from slavery. The scholars explored how to…

  • Discussion on Slavery and the Confederate Flag
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    Slavery and the Confederate Flag

    Professor Spencer Crew talked about the Confederate flag’s history in relation to the legacy of slavery and addressed the question, “Should the Confederate flag fly above government…

  • Discussion on Voting Rights Then and Now
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    Voting Rights Then and Now

    Panelists talked about the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its impact on voting rights today. They spoke about the obstacles faced by African Americans in the Reconstruction…

  • AfricanAmerican History in Washington DC Part 1
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    African-American History in Washington, D.C., Part 1

    Coming up is a program on African American work and life in Washington, DC - especially in the area around the White House known as President’s Park. We’ll hear from Lonnie Bunch, director of the new…

  • 150th Anniversary of John Browns Raid on Harpers Ferry
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    150th Anniversary of John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

    On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 followers went to Harpers Ferry, Virginia, to strike a blow against slavery. The raid failed, but ignited the slavery debate. Sixteen months later, the United States erupted…

  • Race Slavery and the Civil War
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    Race, Slavery and the Civil War

    Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After the presentations, which included illustrations, the panelists responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. Professor Horton moderated. Spencer…

  • Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference
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    Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference

    Spencer Crew spoke about the operation of presidential sites and libraries, the role of the facilities in the local community, developing partnerships to educate the public on American…

  • The Underground Railroad  Journey to Freedom
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    The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom

    Mr. Crew delivered the Fredric Miller Memorial Lecture as the opening program for the National Constitution Center’s upcoming exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” He…

  • Underground Railroad Center Groundbreaking
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    Underground Railroad Center Groundbreaking

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati included speeches by the first lady, former Ambassador Young, and an appearance by…

  • Star Spangled Banner Conservation
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    Star Spangled Banner Conservation

  • Remembrances of 1960 Greensboro NC SitIns
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    Remembrances of 1960 Greensboro, NC Sit-Ins

    In February 1960, four black college students were refused service at a lunch counter in North Carolina. They staged a sit-in protest, which touched off a student-led demonstration movement…

  • AfricanAmericans and the Presidency
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    African-Americans and the Presidency

    In honor of Black History Month, historians talked about the political landscape of two key eras, the 1860s and the 1960s, and how events and the presidents of those times affected the…

  • Smithsonian Presidents Exhibition
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    Smithsonian Presidents Exhibition

    Mr. Crew and Mr. Bunch from the Smithsonian were on location at the museum of American history discussing the newsiest display paying tribute to all of U.S. presidents. They also talked…

  • African American Culture
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    African American Culture

    Ms. Berry, at the W.E.B. Dubois Symposium, talked about the life of Mr. Dubois. She focused on his efforts for citizenship for African Americans and his writings on African American…

  • Saving Americas Treasures KickOff Event
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    Saving America's Treasures Kick-Off Event

    President Clinton and the first lady announced the effort to preserve the Star-Spangled Banner joined by Michael Heyman of the Smithsonian.

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