Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets

February 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021

Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC

Outdoor exhibition at 4800 Meade Street, NE, Washington, DC

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Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets presents a nation’s story through the profiles of revolutionary African American men and the cultural stories they illuminate. Formerly slated to open in its gallery, the exhibition has been creatively reimaged for outdoor installation in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 Deanwood neighborhood to be accessible to the community as a safer response to Covid-19.

In heralding the contributions of notable African American men from across the decades, Men of Change highlights deep parallels between the past and present. While they made their mark in a variety of disciplines—politics, sports, science, entertainment, business, religion, and more all understood the value of asserting their own agency by owning their own stories.

The Taking it to the Streets version effectively breaks down the physical barriers between the museum and potential new audiences. It creates a striking and uplifting presence on the two-block area in Deanwood anchored by the Deanwood Recreational Center and Ron Brown High School, partners on the exhibition project. The exhibition’s home in Deanwood, and its connection with a school for African American boys striving to become changemakers, amplifies the significance of the experience.

Over the exhibition run, spontaneous projections will take place throughout Ward 8 in Washington, D.C., extending the reach of the exhibition’s impact.

Please check out the ACM’s website for information about upcoming programs, and the Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. website to learn more about the traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Meet the Men of Change:

Dick Gregory
W.E.B Du Bois
John H. Johnson
Alvin Ailey
Carter G. Woodson
August Wilson
LeBron James
Dr. Rob Gore
Charles Hamilton Houston
Ryan Coogler
Kendrick Lamar
Shaka Senghor
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Charles Bolden
Kehinde Wiley
Bayard Rustin
James Baldwin
Romare Bearden
Duke Ellington
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong
Robert F. Smith
Andrew Young
Muhammad Ali/Cleveland Summit
Michael Seibel
Bob Moses

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The presentation of Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets is organized by the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). It’s based on the SITES traveling exhibition Men of Change: Power: Triumph. Truth. which was made possible through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.

Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Media sponsorship is provided by the Washington Informer Newspaper.

Many thanks to our partners at Ron Brown High School, Deanwood Recreation Center, and the Deanwood Citizens Association—without whom this reimagined exhibition would not be possible.