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American Indian and Black Civil Rights: A Shared Legacy

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Language Arts And English +7 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This is a topical collection concerning Civil Rights activism led by the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Black Panther Party. It includes photographs, videos, and documentation from both movements. The imagery in this collection addresses the shared legacy of American Indian and Black resistance efforts in the 20th century. It also shows the continued impact of these efforts and their modern reflections, like ongoing Indigenous led efforts against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Black Lives Matter.

This collection includes remarkable figures in both AIM and the BPP, like Russell Means (Oglala Lakota) and Angela Davis. The daily lives of those whom AIM and BPP stood up for is also addressed.

This collected was created and organized by Kenlontae' Turner, a visual artist and gallery coordinator, during his time as an intern at NMAI. Some additional context and editing was provided by Maria Ferraguto to support his work during her time time as an intern at NMAI. 

Poster for The Longest Walk (1978)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Women! Free Our Sisters

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flyer for the Black Community Survival Conference 1972

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flier Promoting a Rally for Angela Davis Day 1971

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Children Preparing Bags of Food for Black Panther Free Food Program.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

#APeoplesJourney: African American Women and the Struggle for Equality

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Black Beret from the 1970s Expressing Black Power

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Revolutionary - painting of Angela Davis by Wadsworth Aikens Jarrell Sr.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sitting Bull Button: "We Shall Overcome"

National Museum of American History

Pinback button featuring "Angela is Free"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Button for Angela Davis Day

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pin-back button from Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960s)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button stating "Black Lives Matter Everyday"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Nina Simone, Lorraine Hansberry, Theodore Bikel, James Forman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Young Lords March to United Nations in NYC in 1970

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Denise Oliver Speaking, Young Lords Party

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Denise Oliver, Young Lords Party

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flier announcing a demonstration on African Liberation Day, 1972

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Huey Newton, Black Panther Minister of Defense

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flier for "Angola People's Power" (a slide presentation) by Ole Gjerstad

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Poster featuring picture of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale

National Museum of African American History and Culture

FBI Wanted poster for Angela Davis

National Museum of African American History and Culture

"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" bumper sticker

National Museum of the American Indian

Bumper sticker

National Museum of the American Indian