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Celebrating African American History Month

Since 1976, African American History Month has been celebrated nationwide each year throughout the month of February. During African American History Month, we reflect upon and honor the culture and achievements of our country's African American community.

Our nation's capital is an excellent resource for educational African American History Month experiences! Below are a few upcoming events and places to visit throughout the month of February:

National Museum of African American History & Culture - The museum’s 12 inaugural exhibitions focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. These exhibitions have been conceived to help transform visitors’ understanding of American history and culture and to help visitors adapt to and participate in changing definitions of American citizenship, liberty and equality.

Brown Bag Lecture at the Wilson Center: History of Place - This presentation is about an African American settlement originated in Washington, D.C., right after the Civil War in 1867. Approximately 40,000 African American refugees came into Washington, D.C., during the Civil War era.

Emancipation Proclamation Family Activities Presented by National Archives - Stop by the ReSource Room with your family before or after viewing the Emancipation Proclamation (on display Feb 15-17) and learn more about this important document through hands-on discovery. Activities will be held 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from February 11 through February 16.

Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon Presented by the American Art Museum - Come to SAAM's Wikipedia edit-a-thon to learn how to edit and then create new articles on African American artists. All levels of technological proficiency welcome. A special tour of SAAM's African American art collection starts the program.

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