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This How We Do It: Celebration

Ain’t gonna hurt nobody to get on down! - Brick   Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street - Martha and The Vandellas   This is how we do it It’s Friday night and I feel alright The party’s here on the West side – Montell Jordan   Summer, summer, summertime Time to sit back and unwind - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince                &n... Read More

Freedom and Liberation

“Freedom has never been free.”  – Medgar Evers “We who believe in freedom cannot rest” – Ella Baker “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when  her shackles are very different from my own. And I am not free as long as one person of Color remains chained. Nor is anyone of you.”  -Audre Lorde This week’s theme is Freedom & Liberation. Friday is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved ... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Bayard Rustin: Strategist, Organizer, Unifier

As he approached the podium, Bayard Rustin was determined and elated. He expected about 100,000 marchers to converge at the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963. To his delight, approximately 250,000 people cheered as he listed the demands of the march. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom began after eight weeks of recruiting marchers, coordinating buses and marshals, scheduling speakers, and managing logistics. Despite Rustin’s critical role as the march’s chief organi... Read More

U.N.I.T.Y.: Pride & Identity

“Don’t let anybody tell you what to do, be who you want to be.” – Marsha P. Johnson   “We are people, of the mighty Mighty people of the sun.” – Earth Wind & Fire This week’s theme is Pride & Identity. Pride & Identity is more than the celebration of self-acceptance. The songs on this week’s list show the challenges of being oneself in a world that is reluctant to accept our self-identity.  This is not only refl... Read More

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates Black Music Month Music has been intrinsically linked with the Civil Rights Movement and African American history. Our celebration of Black Music Month began as a way to connect with you during this pandemic. However, as the current moment has unfolded, it has become a way for us to use music to educate, heal, reflect, and inspire. Each week, we will release a themed playlist curated by the NCRM staff. Share with us your recommendations using the ... Read More

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