Wednesday, February 11, 2009

National Gallery of Art Celebrating African American History

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926.... currently as African American History Month. We owe the celebration and study of Black history to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the father of Black History Month. He spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines, enrolled in high school at age twenty and graduated within two years. In 1912, he earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

Special Presentations
February 11, 9:15am
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Ms. Camille Giraud Akeju, director, talks about the museum situated in one of the District of Columbia's largely African American neighborhoods that documents, preserves, and interprets African American history from local and community history perspectives.

February 23, 9:15am
D.C.'s Deaf Community and Gallaudet University
Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, assistant professor of history, University of the District of Columbia, offers insight into the history of African American deaf presence at Gallaudet University

The Collecting of African American Art Lecture Series
February 15, 2:00pm
Collecting as a Way of Life
Juliette Bethea, collector, in conversation with Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art

February 22, 2:00pm
The Art of Collecting
Harmon and Harriet Kelley, collectors, in conversation with Deborah Willis, university professor and chair, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets

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