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Stories of Black Philanthropy: Treasures from the National Museum of American History
August 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Aug. 10, 3-4 p.m. EST
Free with online registration: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eSo6QtNGQSCs1I7abyyeUw
In celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, this program takes audiences behind-the-scenes to learn what curators and interns are discovering in the collections. From the “pancaked” ballet shoes worn by Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater prima ballerina and Project Plié mentor to dancers of color to the story of famed African American educator Nannie Helen Burroughs told through an early 20th century donor list for the National Training School for Women and Girls she founded, the program will present these and other objects to tell the long, complex history of Black giving.
Since the nation’s beginning, African Americans have been philanthropists, supporting local communities, advocating for social justice; mobilizing resources of time, talent and testimony to raise funds and working to shape American fundraising practices while facing hostility towards independent Black institution-building as well as systemic racism, resulting in constraints on wealth accumulation.