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NMAAHC to Feature Book Discussions, Several Other Programs in February

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is offering a wide range of digital programs for all ages in February.

The month kicks off at 7 p.m., Tuesday with a book discussion featuring authors and scholars Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on their newly released book: “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019,” a 10-part book spanning 400 years of African American history, the museum said.

In this discussion moderated by Mary Elliott, the museum’s curator of American slavery, Kendi and Blain will focus on slavery, reconstruction and segregation and their continuing impact on the United States.

Other programs include:

“A Seat at the Table: Prison Reform and Restorative Justice”

Thursday, Feb. 4; 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET

The museum will host a thought-provoking conversation about race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Labor economist, author and political commentator Julianne Malveaux will moderate the discussion. To purchase tickets and to learn about the latest installment of “A Seat at the Table,” go to https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.

NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays

Friday, Feb. 5; 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. ET (program occurs every Friday)

Joyful Fridays welcomes children every Friday in February to create art that celebrates Black joy, history and culture. This special program is inspired by the museum’s Joyful ABC’s activity book series, which features activities, museum objects and new words based on characteristics featured in the book, “A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book.” This program is for children ages 4 through 8. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming.

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