Long Road to Hard Truth

Author: Robert Wilkins
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ISBN: 9780997910407
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In Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Robert L. Wilkins tells the story of how his curiosity about why there wasn't a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture became an obsession-eventually leading him to quit his job as an attorney when his wife was seven months pregnant with their second child, and make it his mission to help the museum become a reality. Long Road to Hard Truth chronicles the early history, when staunch advocates sought to create a monument for Black soldiers fifty years after the end of the Civil War and in response to the pervasive indignities of the time, including lynching, Jim Crow segregation, and the slander of the racist film Birth of a Nation. The movement soon evolved to envision creating a national museum, and Wilkins follows the endless obstacles through the decades, culminating in his honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that wrote the plan for creating the museum and how, with support of both Black and White Democrats and Republicans, Congress finally authorized the museum. In September 2016, exactly 100 years after the movement to create it began, the Smithsonian will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The book's title is inspired in part by James Baldwin, who testified in Congress in 1968 that "My history... contains the truth about America. It is going to be hard to teach it." Long Road to Hard Truth concludes that this journey took 100 years because many in America are unwilling to confront the history of America's legacy of slavery and discrimination, and that the only reason this museum finally became a reality is that an unlikely, bipartisan coalition of political leaders had the courage and wisdom to declare that America could not, and should not, continue to evade the hard truth.

Long Road to Hard Truth

Author: Robert Leon Wilkins
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ISBN: 9780997910414
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Long Road to Hard Truth chronicles the early history in creating a monument for Black soldiers during the Civil War and later evolving to a national museum. The book details the endless obstacles through the decades including political machinations to deliberate maneuverings in blocking the construction of a museum to world events that put it at the bottom of priorities. It is also a memoir of Judge Wilkins' intensely emotional role in reviving the idea of the museum, and encountering years of political roadblocks, but also the honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that planned the museum, to finally turning a 100-year old desire into reality'a museum that will gather, preserve, celebrate, the facts and artifacts of African American history and culture. It is the definitive account of how the National Museum of African American History and Culture went from idea to reality, from someone who was inside the process.

Begin with the Past

Author: Mabel O. Wilson
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588345696
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"The Building of the National Museum of African American History and Culturetraces the making of this unparalleled museum. Founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III described it as "ten years in the making, and 100 years in the making," and Mabel O. Wilson explores that effort in her narrative. As she discovers, initial calls for a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture in the early twentieth century never got off the ground. In the late 1990s, the notion began to gain momentum from increasing public interest and Congressional support. In 2003 the museum was officially established. Yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. Wilson takes an in-depth look at the selection of the director, site, and architects in the years that followed. Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the museum is a tiered bronze beacon inviting us to understand our past and embrace our future. Wilson explores how the "four pillars" of the museum's mission shaped its powerful structure, and she teases out the rich cultural symbols and homages layered into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. This book is an important inside look at the making of a monument."

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Author: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 158834570X
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Shares some of the treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections, including a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman, an open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; and Muhammad Ali's headgear.

How to Build a Museum

Author: Tonya Bolden
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0451476379
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Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is truly groundbreaking! The first national museum whose mission is to illuminate for all people, the rich, diverse, complicated, and important experiences and contributions of African Americans in America is opening. And the history of NMAAHC--the last museum to be built on the National Mall--is the history of America. The campaign to set up a museum honoring black citizens is nearly 100 years old; building the museum itelf and assembling its incredibly far-reaching collections is a modern story that involves all kinds of people, from educators and activists, to politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings to be included in NMAAHC's thematically-organized exhibits. Award-winning author Tonya Bolden has written a fascinating chronicle of how all of these ideas, ambitions, and actual objects came together in one incredible museum. Includes behind-the-scenes photos of literally "how to build a museum" that holds everything from an entire segregated railroad car to a tiny West African amulet worn to ward off slave traders.

Dream a World Anew

Author: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588345688
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"In association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture."

Decolonizing Museums

Author: Amy Lonetree
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807837148
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Museum exhibitions focusing on Native American history have long been curator controlled. However, a shift is occurring, giving Indigenous people a larger role in determining exhibition content. In Decolonizing Museums, Amy Lonetree examines the co

The Man the Movement the Museum

Author: Joy G. Kinard
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ISBN: 9781892236036
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John Kinard changed the face of museums all over the United States and won international acclaim as an ecomuseum innovator. Kinard learned important life lessons from his family and those lessons empowered him: as a forceful civil rights activist at Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary; an inspiring leader who participated in the construction of homes and schools in East Africa; and, the first African American to become the Director of a Smithsonian Institution museum. This visionary museum pioneer, who won acclaim from all over the nation and the world, remained a revered community organizer committed to his family, church, Anacosita neighborhood, and Washington, D.C. community. The dramatic scope of John Kinard's extraordinary life is richly detailed by his daughter, Dr. Joy G. Kinard. Dr. Kinard guides us to an appreciation of her father's intuitive genius and wiliness to defy the museum world's "standard, polite" expectations and assumptions. Since 1967, the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum-the first federally funded African American museum and unit of the Smithsonian Institution- has served as a model for museums around the world. Using the lens of John Kinard's life, this book gives every reader a much deeper understanding of how we all have the power to make a difference in the world.

Slavery in the North

Author: Marc Howard Ross
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812295285
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In 2002, we learned that President George Washington had eight (and, later, nine) enslaved Africans in his house while he lived in Philadelphia from 1790 to 1797. The house was only one block from Independence Hall and, though torn down in 1832, it housed the enslaved men and women Washington brought to the city as well as serving as the country's first executive office building. Intense controversy erupted over what this newly resurfaced evidence of enslaved people in Philadelphia meant for the site that was next door to the new home for the Liberty Bell. How could slavery best be remembered and memorialized in the birthplace of American freedom? For Marc Howard Ross, this conflict raised a related and troubling question: why and how did slavery in the North fade from public consciousness to such a degree that most Americans have perceived it entirely as a "Southern problem"? Although slavery was institutionalized throughout the Northern as well as the Southern colonies and early states, the existence of slavery in the North and its significance for the region's economic development has rarely received public recognition. In Slavery in the North, Ross not only asks why enslavement disappeared from the North's collective memories but also how the dramatic recovery of these memories in recent decades should be understood. Ross undertakes an exploration of the history of Northern slavery, visiting sites such as the African Burial Ground in New York, Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, the ports of Rhode Island, old mansions in Massachusetts, prestigious universities, and rediscovered burying grounds. Inviting the reader to accompany him on his own journey of discovery, Ross recounts the processes by which Northerners had collectively forgotten 250 years of human bondage and the recent—and continuing—struggles over recovering, and commemorating, what it entailed.