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The Best Resources On The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum

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(Earlier this week, I posted about the new Smithsonian African-American Museum. Lot of new resources have come online since that day, so am expanding it into a “Best” list.)

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture has its official opening later this week.

Here are some related resources, including highlights from their website:

How a Museum Captures African American History is from The Atlantic.

The New York Times has an interactive on the museum.

Review: The Smithsonian African American Museum Is Here at Last. And It Uplifts and Upsets. is from The NY Times.

Obama to Ring In Opening of African American Museum is from The NY Times.

The Guardian has a decidedly different “take” on the museum: The Smithsonian’s African American museum – a monument to respectability politics, as does a writer in The Washington Post: The African American Museum tells powerful stories — but not as powerfully as it could.

The website itself is a treasure trove of primary resources – you can examine each object with a little of its background, there’s a section of “stories” about certain objects with much more information about them, and a particularly impressive collection of video interviews with people about their experience in the Civil Rights Movement, along with written transcripts of those conversations.

However, it was disappointing to see no suggestions, tools, or guides for using these treasures with students, so you might want to explore The Best Resources For Using Primary Sources.

The top 36 must-see items at the African American museum is from The Washington Post.

Timeline: It took over 100 years for the African American Museum to become a reality is from The Washington Post.

Tour through the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Washington Post interactive.

Video: President Obama At The Opening Of The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum (Plus Teaching Ideas)

You might also be interested in All My “Best” Lists On Race, Racism & The Civil Rights Movement – In One Place.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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