The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture continues March programming with “Making African America,”a symposium about black immigrants and black migration. The six-day symposium, kicking off Friday, March 5, is the longest and first virtual symposium hosted by the museum. Other programming highlights include a digital event with Ruth E. Carter, costume designer from the movie Black Panther, and the return of #HiddenHerstory. Participants can join the conversation and follow @NMAAHC on social media in March to learn more about the overlooked contributions of African American women in the museum’s #HiddenHerstory social media campaign.  

Historically Speaking: A Women’s History With Ruth E. Carter 

Tuesday, March 16; 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

Spotlighting the amazing breadth of her work, renowned costume designer Ruth E. Carter discusses her sartorial and visual aesthetic in films—among them Do the Right ThingBlack Panther and Coming 2 America. From Brooklyn to Wakanda and Zumanda, Carter will describe what drives her personal inspiration, creativity and vision in in a special conversation moderated by Robin Givhan, the Washington Post’s senior critic-at-large. Admission is free; however, registration is recommended at

Artful Observations 
Wednesday, March 17; 4 p.m.–5 p.m. 

The “Artful Observations” program encourages critical thinking, careful observation and perspective taking through guided close-looking exercises. Each session will focus on one work of art from NMAAHC’s visual arts or photography collection. Guided by an NMAAHC educator, participants will spend an hour examining the work in detail. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to share their inferences and interpretations based on visual observations. No formal art or art history training is required to participate. Admission is free; however, registration is required at

Community Day: Telling Tales of the Diaspora 
Saturday, March 20; 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. 

This community day, presented in partnership with The Making African America Symposium, will engage visitors in exploring what diaspora is and what it means to them through programs and digital activities. Jessica Harris will discuss her book Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play. During this program, selected postcards will come to life through scenes written and directed by playwright Gabrielle Fulton Ponder. Admission is free; however, registration is required at

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