The Smithsonian’s kickoff of Black History Month includes an award-winning interactive theatrical presentation, Join the Student Sit-Ins (11:30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm); a musical program, Sing for Freedom, which celebrates the role of freedom songs in the civil rights movement (1, 3, and 5 pm); a puppet show, Can You Spell Harlem? (1:30 pm); and an activity in which participants create a cut-out genealogy book. Participants are also invited to share their thoughts on what America has achieved through the civil rights movement.
This is the first feature event of the 2010 Smithsonian Heritage Month family-day series, titled “Tapestry of Cultural Rhythms.” The series explores the dynamism of cultural expression. The Black History Month feature event is also part of the fiftieth-anniversary commemorations of the Greensboro sit-in at the National Museum of American History.
Participants: Anacostia Community Museum, Discovery Theater, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, and Smithsonian Heritage Months Steering Committee