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Black Wings: African American Pioneers

National Air and Space Museum
Aeronautics curator Von Hardesty discusses the updated Black Wings exhibit in the "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery," offering a perspective on African American pioneer aviators, past and present. This informal gallery talk was recorded on February 9, 2011 as part of the National Air and Space Museum's "Ask an Expert" lecture series. "Ask an Expert" lectures are presented weekly at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and biweekly at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. For more information & schedule, see http://www.nasm.si.edu/askanexpert/

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Online exhibition focusing on the analysis of primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation. Complements the teacher's guide and teaching poster with the same focus.

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Students examine photographic portraits and biographies to learn about the history of African Americans in the field of aviation. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The students portray the aviators in drawing, painting, or writing.

African-American Banjo

National Museum of American History
This banjo was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1835-1865. It has undergone considerable scrutiny and analysis at the Smithsonian because of its attribution to American slave origins. So far, studies have been inconclusive. While the sun design carved on the body may have African origins, the polygonal shape, wood top (instead of a skin), and carved head pegbox lie outside the traditions of banjos brought to America by Africans. Nevertheless, the instrument was likely made by someone familiar with Black culture.

Black Wings: The Life of African American Aviation Pioneer William Powell

National Air and Space Museum

When African American pilot, engineer, and entrepreneur William Powell was a young adult, even the skies were segregated. Many would-be African American pilots, such as first licensed African American pilot Bessie Coleman, were forced to go to France for pilot training and licenses issued by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. According to a June 12, 2012 article in   ...Continue Reading

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African American Art Curator Talk

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Virginia Mecklenburg, senior curator, explores the work of Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Lois Mailou Jones, Melvin Edwards, and other artists featured in the exhibition African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond. These artists participated in ongoing dialogues about art, black identity, and individual rights that engaged American society in the twentieth century. Using documentary realism, painterly expressionism, and the postmodern assemblage of found objects, they rewrote American history and its art.

African American History

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of a man speaking from a podium during a dinner recognizing Hugh Mulzac for being named a naval captain after 22 years of naval service. Mulzac is seated next to the podium at bottom right.

25th Annual African American Day Parade poster

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Poster with green geometric lines across the top and bottom. Between the lines, taking up the majority of the front, is red and black text [25th ANNUAL/AFRICAN-AMERICAN/DAY PARADE/(Largest Black Parade In America)/Sunday, September 26, 1993/at 1:00 P.M. in HARLEM/PARADE ROUTE:/111th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. to 142nd Street/MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY BAND/GRAMBLING COLLEGE BAND/WE ARE URGING BLACK ORGANIZATIONS/TO COME OUT AND MARCH/For further information contact:/ABE SNYDER or GEORGE BROWN at (212) 348-3080/African American Day Parade, Inc./1 West 125th Street, Room 208/New York, N.Y. 10027/"MARCH WITH DIGNITY AND PRIDE"/THIS IS YOUR DAY!].

Open Now: African American Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum
ThumbnailOur latest exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, opens today and runs through September 30, 2012. The show features a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by black artists from the museum's collection.

African-American Children in Mississippi

National Museum of American History

Smithsonian African American Film Fest

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Starting October 24, cinema, history, and culture will collide at the first-ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival. Over the course of the week, the festival will celebrate African American visual culture and film, offering attendees an unparalleled opportunity to explore cinematic works by some of the brightest emerging and veteran filmmakers, alongside other historic and lesser-known films that tell the stories of Black experiences in America. Here’s a taste of what’s in store—get the details (and your tickets!) at aafilmfest.si.edu. #APeoplesJourney #AAFilmFest

African-American Consumer and Business Magazine

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Magazine with a large color photograph of Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The image shows both men standing with Chavis on the left and Farrakhan on the right. Both men are dressed in suits and bow ties. The men stand in an interior room with chairs and small flags resting on the window sills. Behind the men is a palm plant. In the top left of the cover, behind the men, is the partial title of the publication [African-American/CONSUMER]. The word "consumer" is in large red and black letters. In the upper right corner in black text is the date, location, price, and a continuation of the publication title [NOVEMBER"/"DECEMBER 1995/WASHINGTON METRO BALITMORE/NORTHERN VIRGINIA/$3.00/and Business/Magazine]. Down the left side in red and yellow text is the publication's featured article [Million/Man/March/Peaceful/Rally/Makes/History]. On the lower right side is additional text in green and red [Message To/The Masses/Lead,/Follow/or Get/Out Of/The Way!]. Along the bottom of the image is the image caption in black text [Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan]. The entire image as well as all the text is contained within a yellow border on a black background.

African American Pioneers in Aviation

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Research and teaching website that challenges students to analyze primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation.

Don Jose Seven African Powers Cologne

National Museum of American History

Flier for an African American Resource Machine benefit with Eldridge Cleaver

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A flyer for a benefit hosted by the African-American Resource Machine advertising a presentation by Eldridge Cleaver. The flyer is mostly off-white with a black silhouette of a man dominating the center left side of the flyer. The top and bottom of the flyer have thick black bands with the name [ELDRIDGE] and [CLEAVER] writing in negative space, off-white text. There is a small red design in the black band in the top right corner. Printed vertically and along the right edge, and horizontally along the bottom edge, is repeating black text that reads [African-American Resource Machine]. Next to the silhouette, at the center right, is the benefit information printed in black text that reads [Saturday, / April 14 / Artist's Television Access 2pm / 992 Valencia St. / San Francisco / 824-3890 / BENEFIT: A A R M]. The ticket price is printed in black vertical text next to Cleaver’s last name, [$18]. There is a quote by Cleaver printed in negative space, off-white text over the shoulders of the silhouetted figure that reads: “The system is evil. It is criminal; it is / murderous. And it is in control. It is in / power. It is arrogant. It is crazy. And / it looks upon the people as its proper- / ty. So much so that cops, who are pub- / lic servants, feel justified in going onto / a school campus, and spraying Mace in / the faces of the people.” The back of the flyer is blank with two handwritten pencil inscriptions in the top left corner.

Bessie Coleman, First African American Licensed Pilot

Smithsonian Insider

Bessie Coleman (Jan. 26, 1892–April 30, 1926) was a bravely independent and determined woman who decided that learning to fly provided an exciting challenge. However, […]

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Celebrating African American History and Culture

Smithsonian Libraries
In celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture this weekend, we’ve put together a special digital collection of titles related to the African American experience.  Many of these books come from our National Museum of African American History and Culture Library, which will open in the museum later more »

Afro-American History Observences

National Museum of American History

A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Lesson plan exploring the career of Augustus Washington, an African American daguerreotypist, as well as the history of abolitionism in the United States.

Black Cultural Center Purdue Center

National Museum of American History

Black Panthers

National Museum of American History

African American Artists and the Hudson River School

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Recently, you may have heard  about the ways art from the Hudson River School has been a source of inspiration for new artistic works. Well, the luminous landscape paintings have inspired us, too. In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to highlight a couple of African American artists with ties the school. These artists more »
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