The Wilson Center Celebrates African American History Month 2017

John Franklin, Senior Manager, Office of External Affairs, NMAAHC, Smithsonian Institution discussed the creation of the museum. 100 years in the making . . .

A century in the making . . .

"This Museum will tell the American story through the lens of African American history and culture. This is America's Story and this museum is for all Americans." Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, NMAAHC

Artist, Martina Martin, Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor

The sixteen pieces in the collection span nearly ten years of Martina's life as an artist-therapist and reflect how her art has been transformed by working in the trenches with people living on the margins of society. Over time, her work has transitioned from being more serene, figurative and representational to being more raw, abstract and tactile.

"...the newest dining experience at a Smithsonian museum"

Executive Chef Jerome Grant, Sweet Home Café, National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Sweet Home Café located in The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, sets forth to tell the story of the rich contributions that African American cooks have contributed to our collective American food culture. African diaspora has resulted in a tremendous influence on the foods that Americans eat daily. The story of this impact is told through four geographic regions that have been identified as having rich culinary traditions and history.

The Café is considered a collection at the museum and Chef Grant its curator. He is a wonderful storyteller and the inspiration behind the amazing dishes being served in the Wilson Center Café.
The Wilson Center Café presented a menu straight out of the Sweet Home Café kitchen.
Wilson Center's, Dereck Vines and along with renowned military historians held a discussion about African-Americans in the U.S. Military
Dereck Vines, Sergeant First Class Retired, achieved 20 years of service in the Army before being medically retired in 2004.
Dr. Regina Akers is an historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, DC and an expert on diversity issues in naval history. She was he keynote speaker at the Pentagon's observance of Black History Month in 2015.
Currently a Professor of history and an Associate Provost, Joseph Reidy was Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 1998 through 2001. Professor Reidy has taught United States history, including courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the U. S. South, the U.S. since the Civil War, and race, ethnicity and gender in the modern U.S. His numerous publications include the book From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880.

The DC Legendary Musicians

Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truesdale, Chairperson of DC Legendary Musician's, Inc.

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