Carter G. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 to publish scientific information about the critical role the black race played in the history of civilization. In 1926, the association announced the first Negro History Week. In 1976, it held the first Black History Month. The Smithsonian kicks off its celebration of this years Black History Month with a keynote address by Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Bunch, a scholar who brings history to the people, has spent nearly thirty years in the museum field. This is the third feature event in the Smithsonian Heritage Month series Sharing Stories/ Sharing Heritage, which explores the ways objects and stories connect us to our heritage and to each other, and which celebrates the intersection of culture and oral tradition among communities. Sponsors: National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, and Smithsonian Heritage Months Steering Committee Sunday, February 3, 2008 3 PM Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
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