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A discussion with authors Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore about their upcoming book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics will lead the programing schedule for September and October at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. All four political strategists and authors will take the stage in the Oprah Winfrey Theater Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. to debut their highly anticipated book on the journey and friendship of four inspiring black women who conquered Democratic politics.
During September “Walk-up Weekdays,” when visitors can enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis, the education team will host weekly drop-in style programs for museum visitors, especially young learners. Teachers and parents should continue checking www.nmaahc.si.edu for the weekly afternoon programs presented throughout the museum.
Yoga x Hip-Hop: A Cross-Cultural Conversation
Monday, Sept. 17; 7 to 9 p.m.
The Yoga x Hip-Hop program is a panel and audience dialogue about wellness presented by guests Jessamyn Stanley and DJ Rekha. Stanley is a famous speaker, author, yogi and body-positivity advocate, and DJ Rekha is world-renowned musician and activist. During the program Stanley and DJ Rekha will also explore the complexities of cultural appreciation and appropriation of African American and Southeast Asian culture. Following the dialogue, Stanley will sign copies of her book, Every Body Yoga, which will be available for purchase. The program is made possible through the support of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Initiative Funds. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required at https://www.etix.com/.
art + justice with 2Deep
Thursday, Sept. 20; 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.
Award-winning Washington, D.C.-based spoken-word artist 2Deep will lead a workshop on developing spoken word, poetry and performative art focused on activism and social justice inside the Target Learning Center classrooms on the second floor of the museum. Through art + justice workshops, the museum provides a rare creative outlet where audiences can interact with professional artists, experiment with expert techniques in a variety of art practices and explore motivations for creating art. Art projects are designed to accommodate all skill levels, and participants can take home their creations. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.etix.com/.
“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”
Monday, Oct. 1; 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
The most powerful African American women in Democratic politics, Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore, will assemble in the Oprah Winfrey Theater to conduct a candid conversation moderated by attorney and journalist Starr Jones about their 30 years of experience working on the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson, President Bill Clinton, Al Gore, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Following the discussion, the authors will be available to sign copies of their book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. Brazile is a political strategist, analyst, and author who was the first African American woman to direct a major presidential campaign, as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore in 2000. Caraway, who played a pivotal role in the historic election of the late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown to chair the Democratic National Committee, is a nationally recognized public relations and public affairs strategist. Daughtry was the CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee and chief of staff to Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Moore is the founder of Women Building for the Future and leads Dewey Square Group’s state and local practice. She was formerly the CEO and chief operating officer of the Democratic National Committee and assistant to President Bill Clinton. Ticket sales begin Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. EDT at https://www.etix.com/.
Historically Speaking: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Thursday, Oct. 4; 7 p.m.
David Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University, will discuss his new book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom with Spencer Crew, George Mason University history professor and curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s inaugural exhibition, Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom. Blight will present the new information and recently discovered issues of Douglass’ newspaper, The North Star, that assisted him in telling this fascinating and complex story of the iconic abolitionist’s family. Following the discussion, copies of the book will be signed and made available for sale. Entry is free, but registration is required at https://www.etix.com/.
Community Day: Power of Place
Saturday, Oct. 20; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Inspired by the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibition “Power of Place,” Community Day explores the geography of places that mold cultural identity. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to learn about cooking healthy at the museum’s Sweet Home Café from culinary ambassador Carla Hall and meet local heroes, the Mamie Johnson Little League Team. Visitors can also learn about the outdoors from the Smithsonian Horticulture staff and meet author Etan Thomas who will discuss his latest book, We Matter: Athletes and Activism. No registration is required for Community Day.
About the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed nearly 4.5 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit nmaahc.si.edu, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat—or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.
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