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Black History Month 2020: 106 Images of Everyday African American Life

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In celebration of Black History Month 2020, we have put together a gallery of 106 images of everyday black history meant to celebrate, inspire, and encourage exploration of the diversity of the African American experience. These images may be viewed leisurely, or for a deeper dive, use the questions provided under the "How to Analyze an Image" square. We also suggest you watch "The Danger of a Single Story" TEDtalk by Chimamanda Ngozi and think about its overall message. Once you have finished viewing the images, make sure to consider the final reflection questions located in a square at the end of the Learning Lab.


 

Keywords: African American, NMAAHC, images, every day, black, history, month, analyze

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Photograph of three women standing behind a seated man

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Print of a young girl and boy posing with a picture frame

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of a girl in a plaid dress

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A Time Before Crack

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of the Cotten family

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Moslem World & The U.S.A.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Grandmaster Flash - musician

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of a woman wearing a dress with hat and bag

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of Boy Scouts with notepads on sidewalk

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of seven patrons at a bar

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of Johnny Gator's barbershop

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of three men on horseback in Pittsburgh

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of a man and woman in formal clothes

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Crockett Riding Mount Toro. Salinas Rodeo, 1919

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of a woman in a white dress posing next to column

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Gelatin silver print of unidentified singing group

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of young boy standing in front of a car

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of Eunice Jackson and two other women posing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rude Boy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Serena and Venus #4

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Jackson Children, Linda, Pamela and Little Stevie, c. 1963

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Father Figure: Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Full-length portrait of seated African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

African-American farm workers

National Museum of American History

Portrait of African American woman

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Full-length protrait of African American man

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Full-length portrait of African American man

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Great American Musicians

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of two American soldiers in Vietnam

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Indoor Portrait of Mr. Robert Seall from WJPR-FM

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Indoor Portrait of a Man Leaning on a Counter

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Woman posing in snow

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Theodore Milton Sullivan posing in his army uniform

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Outdoor Photo of a Homecoming Parade on Nelson Street

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Publicity portrait of dancer Saidie Sellyna (Thompson)

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Indoor Photo of Men and Women at a Bar Counter

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Portrait of Sadie Jones (Sullivan) Thompson

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Studio Portrait of Three Boys Standing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pop Bottle Return North Tulsa

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Outdoor Portrait of Man Standing on the Street

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Indoor Photo of a Girl and Boy at Prom, Coleman High School

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Indoor Group Shot of Graduates, Lizzie Coleman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Indoor Portrait of a Woman Sitting and Two Women are Brushing her Hair

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Portrait of Lillian and Joe Evans

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Portrait of a couple on a motorcycle outside of Anderson Photo Service studio

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jumping Rope on Greenwood

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Portrait of three young men sitting on a porch swing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Chas Wilson - Gap Band - OK City, OK

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Five Cowboys

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Picture postcard of a volunteer serving troops out of a Red Cross “Clubmobile"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Young Men in Prayer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Studio Portrait of a Man Playing a Guitar, Little Milton

National Museum of African American History and Culture

John A. Raub store, Little Eagle, S.D.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jim Brown, Cleveland, OH, 1965

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Albumen print of three members of the Boyd family

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Albumen print of enslaved women and their children near Alexandria, Virginia

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button featuring a portrait of Bessie Coleman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flag Around Neck

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Albumen print of four men dressed in tuxedos

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of man in suit, tie, and hat

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of a young woman in a striped dress

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic postcard of U.S. Navy sailors and an officer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of a woman wearing a striped dress with flowers in her hair

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Group portrait of men and women in front of the U. S. Capitol

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ali vs.Terrell, The Astrodome, Houston, 1967

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Connie Morgan, Martin's Stadium, Memphis, TN

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Isaac Hayes in His Office at Stax Records, Memphis, Tennessee

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Strong Survives

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of Cab Calloway and his band in a sleeper car

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Honor Roll students at St. Augustine High School

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of four men smoking cigars

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Digital image of the Taylor family at the beach on Martha's Vineyard

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of two men wearing suits

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ambrotype of Elisa Greenwell with handwritten note

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of two baseball players, two women, and a third man

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic postcard of two women unidentified women

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Print of M. G. Sishuba

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Way of Life of the Northern Negro: Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic postcard of Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey in uniform

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Way of Life of the Northern Negro: Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of men and women in front of Vernon AME Church, Tulsa

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carte-de-visite of an unidentified Union soldier

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Digital image of Taylor family members by a docked sailboat on Martha's Vineyard

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Laura Cathrell, a woman, and two horses

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of 3 men and 2 women sitting in front of Jack's Memory Chapel

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of James Washington

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Watching "Hun" Planes - 317th Supply Train - Belleville, Oct 1918

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic postcard of James J. Jeffries staggering away from Jack Johnson

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Regina Egertion Wright with Colored Training School diploma

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of men gathered for State Funeral Directors' meeting

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Hilldales baseball team

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Theodore M. Sullivan posing next to car

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Photographic postcard of Oscar Calmeise

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of a girl wearing a pleated dress

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of two American soldiers sitting on a jeep in Vietnam

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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