February is African American History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
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2021 Event Highlights

Book Talk – Online

February 2

"Historically Speaking: Four Hundred Souls" – A Conversation with Ibram Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
The new book by renowned scholars Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain assembles 90 extraordinary writers to document the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Contributors Annette Gordon Reed (Harvard University) and Herb Boyd (City University of New York) will join Prof. Kendi and Prof. Blain to discuss the impact of the African American community on American History.
Registration Recommended

(Smithsonian Institution)

Online Panel Discussion

February 6

Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets Opening Panel
Join us for a virtual panel discussion to kick off the Anacostia Community Museum's outdoor installation of the Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets exhibition. The social unrest of 2020 has illuminated the active presence of institutionalized racism in America and its impact on the Black community. CNN Correspondent Omar Jimenez will moderate this discussion between panelists Jonathan Jackson, founding partner of the design firm We Should Do it All; Dr. Rob Gore, founder of the youth intervention program, Kings Against Violence Initiative; and artist Tariku Shiferaw.

(Smithsonian Institution)

Historical Reenactor

February 11

Young Learners Program - Meet Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman is portrayed by Daisy Century, a talented teacher and inspirational actor with American Historical Theatre. Harriet Tubman's indomitable spirit, valor, and fearless actions as an abolitionist, Union nurse and spy, suffragist, and humanitarian continue to inspire children and adults today. A question-and-answer session with Harriet Tubman will follow the presentation.
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(National Archives)

Book Talk – Online

February 18

Giants of Racial Justice
In an event celebrating African American History Month, Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans. This event will be premiered on Facebook  and YouTube and on the Library of Congress website.

(Library of Congress)

Lecture – Online

February 25

On the Road with Jason Reynolds
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds will discuss his ambassadorship, including his recent “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” virtual tour, with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Through his platform, “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story,” Reynolds has directed his focus as ambassador by empowering students to embrace and share their own personal stories. This event will be premiered on Facebook and YouTube and on the Library of Congress website.

(Library of Congress)

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National Gallery of Art Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution National Archives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Park Service National Endowment for the Humanities