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Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Series: African American Women’s Activism in Historical Perspective

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Register here! This is an online program.

Learn women’s history through objects that recognize their achievements in a variety of fields and endeavors! To celebrate Women’s History Month 2021, the Museum of History is pleased to be part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. The initiative highlights the range of stories related to women’s history in the Smithsonian’s collections and aims to give voice to those under-represented and lesser-known stories. Tonight’s program will focus on African American women’s activism and their contributions in historical perspective.

Each speaker will explore an interesting aspect of African American women’s activism through an extended discussion of one or two objects. Program speakers include:

  • Nancy Bercaw, Chair, Division of Political and Military History, National Museum of American History
  • Aleia Brown, Assistant Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
  • Modupe Labode, Curator, National Museum of American History
  • Crystal Moten, Curator, National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is an ambitious undertaking to research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling story of women with the goal of ensuring that the untold stories of women pioneers and trailblazers who shaped American society and changed the course of American history are given a proper place across all of the Smithsonian museums, exhibits, and digital properties. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the North Carolina Museum of History has the exclusive opportunity to offer this program live to our community.

Our Museum Shop will be selling copies of the initiative’s book, Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection, a celebration of women’s history told through the lens of 280 objects from 16 Smithsonian museums and archives—all illustrating women’s participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, the military, politics, activism, and more.