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Ways to Celebrate Black History


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February is Black History Month in the U.S. Why not learn more about Black history (and beyond) every month of the year? Get started here:

Ted Talks to Celebrate Black History Month
This is an excellent collection! I highly recommend Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The danger of a single story.

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Next week we will be visiting Washington DC to visit the new African-American Museum. Has anyone here visited it yet?
Thanks, @Laura for bringing us all of this information.
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@Judith After your visit to the museum, could you please write few words about your impressions and post some photos ( if it is not forbidden to take them)?
Wonderful idea, @Danijela . I am going next week. I will certainly write this up.
@Danijela , I am in Washington DC and just spent the day at the African American Museum. It was an amazing experience. You walk for a mile and a half through a timeline that takes you from the African Slave Trade ships all the way through Obama’s inaugeration in 2008.
The exhibits included many videos and displays, including a slave cabin, shackles, etc. The Civil Rights Movement was extensively covered too. At one place, you sit at a “lunch counter as though you were at a “sitin” protest. The counter or table you are sitting at becomes interactive and you press several choices to learn about what happened and how you might deal with it if you were there.
On another floor there are “Culture Galleries”. Here you can see all the wonderful musicians who contributed to our society,the great actors , writers and visual artists. Chick Berry’s bright red cadillac was on display, as well as many of the crazy costumes some wore.

We stopped for lunch and were pleasantly surprised to find traditional food of the culture such as collard greens, black-eyed peas, corn bread, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese,sweet potato pie, etc. The food was fabulous!

If you are African American, this museum would fill you with pride, for the courage, strength and intelligence that your ancestors endured as a result of all these hardships. Despite the racism endured, it was incredible to see what an impact African Americans have had on every aspect of our way of life.
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@Judith Thank you Judith!
Many years ago I visited the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, SAR. The Museum, first of its kind, was opened in 2001 with purpose to " illustrate the rise and fall of apartheid".
At the entrance, when you buy a ticket, visitors are randomly given tickets of different color. Some were given "non-white" and some "white" tickets. And then you enter the museum using either gate for "whites" or gate for "non-white". When they get inside, visitors would, for a while, walk using different but parallel corridors.
It was an interesting, although disturbing experience....
@Danijela, thank you for sharing your experience at this museum with us. It’s important for people to know what it feels like to be discriminated against for no reason other than your color or religion or...? When I was a teacher, I also wanted students to experience and try to understand what that felt like. One day I came to class, told the students the class wasn’t successful due to certain students. I then handed out a phony “article” that said curly haired people were more creative and should do most of the thinking. So I split the group in half. Straight haired people were given a very boring assignment to read and answer questions. The curly haired students met in discussion groups. I also gave them cookies to help them “think”...but none for the others of course.
After a half hour I handed out papers and told them they were part of an experiment in prejudice /discrimination.
What always upset me was why did they accept this? And why didn’t any of the curly haired people speak up for the straight- haired people?
There is much to think about . We need to continue these kinds of discussions...

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