The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum is thinking outside the box — literally — for its operations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The southeast D.C. museum will go outdoors for “Men of Change: Taking It to the Streets,” an exhibit on display now through May 31 that pays homage to the likes of Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois and Kendrick Lamar.

The exhibition, on display on the campus of Ron Brown High School and the Deanwood Community Center in Northeast, aims to tell the narrative of a nation “through the profiles of two dozen significant African American men who are powerful icons in the country’s historical and cultural landscape,” the museum said.

“The Anacostia Community Museum is proud to be hosting ‘Men of Change: Taking It to the Streets’ during this unprecedented health crisis and pivotal time in America’s continued struggle for racial equality,” said Melanie Adams, the museum’s director. “With African American stories largely absent from the historical narrative, this reimagined exhibition, allows us to make accessible, the contributions of African American men to our country and culture.”

An open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets” is sponsored locally by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Media sponsorship is provided by The Washington Informer.

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