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NMAAHC to Hold Virtual Symposium on African Diaspora

The first three weeks of March at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture will be designated to more than 40 panelists with diverse backgrounds who will share their personal experiences and expertise in helping others connect to the African diaspora.

The presentations in the form of a virtual symposium will be held as follows:

– Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 — welcoming remarks, a keynote address from scholar Carole Boyce Davies and a discussion exploring the African diaspora. Saturday’s sessions will consider the concept of “home” and how the civil rights and labor rights struggle strengthened relations between Black immigrants and African Americans.

– Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 — in the symposium’s second weekend, panelists will examine Black culture’s shaping of art, literature, and music and how cultural productions inform the African diaspora’s understanding. Saturday’s panel dissects the role of museums and other cultural institutions in presenting Black diversity.

– Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20 — The final weekend features a journalist’s roundtable discussion on the portrayal of diverse Black perspectives in media, followed by short films depicting the Black immigrant experience.

The symposium’s last day begins with a Community Day. Online visitors can watch theatrical performances based on Jessica Harris’ book, “Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of their Work the Joy of their Play.”

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