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Video: Photographing Black Washington, DC

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

February is Black History Month, a great time to explore programs, exhibits, and resources at the Smithsonian. Here are a few ways to celebrate black history this month, and all year round:

  1. Learn about The National Museum of African American History and Culture by exploring their website.
  2. Visit the exhibit Indivisible: African- Native American Lives in the Americas at the National Museum of the American Indian.
  3. Explore the Smithsonian African American Heritage Tour that combine objects from our collections with timelines, music, and quizzes.
  4. From Thursdays-Sundays on February 1-14 participate in the award-winning Historic Theater and learn about Student Sit-Ins during the Civil Rights Era at the National Museum of American History.

One native Washingtonian family special to our hearts here in our nation’s capital is the Scurlock family. Their photography studio captured iconic images of notable African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as many of D.C.’s everyday people.

Want to explore more about African American History up close and in person? Check out Word, Shout, and Song: Experiencing South Carolina’s Gullah Traditions presented by The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum.

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We Recommend: Smithsonian Celebrates Black History Month

Friday, February 6th, 2009
Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. Photograph by George K. Warren (d. 1884). Photo: National Archives

Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. Photograph by George K. Warren (d. 1884). Photo: National Archives

The son of former slaves, scholar and author Carter G. Woodson created the first Negro History Week in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Fifty years later, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History designated the first Black History Month.

In honor of this year’s celebration, discover all Smithsonian has to offer, including events and exhibitions at Smithsonian museums and across the country.

This year’s feature event is a family festival at the Ripley Center on February 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day includes kalimba music, art activities, free performances, and a panel discussion on the history of the Shaw neighborhood. Self-guided tours of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibition Road to Freedom are also available. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.