The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian’s National Museum are presenting an exhibition that re-examines two pivotal events, the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. American History and their larger relevance for all Americans today. The exhibition is on view from Dec. 14 through Sept. 15, 2013, in the NMAAHC Gallery at the National Museum of American History.
The exhibition features historical and modern photographs and items ranging from Harriet Tubman’s shawl to a version of the Emancipation Proclamation that was created for Union soldiers to read to and distribute among African Americans. For more information visit nmaahc.si.edu or call (202) 633-1000
In 2013, the nation commemorates two events that changed the course of the nation: the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. These events were the culmination of decades of struggles by individuals—both famous and unknown—who believed in the American promise that this nation was dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Separated by 100 years, they are linked together in a larger story of freedom and the American experience.
A Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013; 9 a.m.
Constitution Avenue at Ninth Street N.W.
The National Archives will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special display of the original document in the East Rotunda Gallery. The commemoration will include extended viewing hours, inspirational music and family activities and entertainment for all ages.
The first 100 guests in line at the main museum entrance at Constitution and Ninth Street N.W. by 8:15 a.m. are invited to enter the building to experience the dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician, song talker and scholar. Reagon, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, is a founding member of the museum’s Scholarly Advisory Committee. The NMAAHC Education Department will offer hands-on family activities 11 a.m.–2 p.m. For more information call (202) 357-5000 or visit www.archives.gov.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture presents the following programs:
Behind the Dream: The Making of a Speech that Transformed a Nation—A Conversation between Wil Haygood and Clarence B. Jones
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013; 2 p.m.
National Museum of American History
Warner Bros. Theater
Washington Post staff writer and author, Wil Haygood, will lead a discussion with Clarence B. Jones on his latest book, Behind the Dream, co-authored with Stuart Connelly. During their talk, Jones will explore his relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., the weeks leading up to the March on Washington and his collaboration with King on the leader’s famous “I Have Dream” speech. Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to King and is currently a scholar-in-residence and visiting professor at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Institute. Books will be available for sale and signing following this program. Reservations suggested, call (202) 633-0070 or visit nmaahc.si.edu for more information.