February 2, 1980. The exhibition “We’ll Never Turn Back” features the work of photographers who documented the Civil Rights movement. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: February 2, 1980
Join us on a brief tour of some highlights from a year the rocked America with seismic changes in political and popular culture. Continue reading A defining year: 1968
UPDATED April 10. At 3:15 today, join us in ringing bells to commemorate 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and to show support for the ongoing struggle for civil rights. #BellsAcrosstheLand Continue reading Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox
S. Xavier Carnegie, Theatre Programs’ creative director at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History answers: How can history talk back? Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously amazing.
Seventy-five years ago today, Marian Anderson made history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And she looked fabulous when she did it. Continue reading It wasn’t only Marian Anderson’s voice that dazzled the crowd in 1939
Christopher Wilson reflects on the legacy of his friend, Civil Rights activist Franklin McCain, who was one of the one of the “Greensboro Four” who staged the first sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter in 1960. Continue reading “If you want to do something, don’t wait for the masses, because they ain’t coming.”
Caitlin Gropp reflects on the legacy of the Civil Rights movement and its resonance for young people today. Continue reading “I would do it all over again.” Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Movement milestones