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Walk In My Shoes – feat. Dick Gregory’s First TV Appearance (1961)

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“Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia” Reopens at Anacostia Community Museum in Celebration of All-Star Game

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The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will reopen its popular exhibition, “Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia,” to celebrate this year’s All-Star Game July 17 at Nationals Park. The remounted exhibition, sponsored by ESPN’s The Undefeated, will be on display through Wednesday, Aug. 1.

“Separate and Unequaled” chronicles and celebrates the history of African Americans in baseball in the nation’s capital during segregation. The exhibition uses historical photographs to narrate this very American story. It was first on display at the museum in 2008 on the occasion of the opening of Nationals Park. This 10-year reopening includes three new murals and a selfie station.

“We are thrilled to bring back this inspiring exhibition 10 years later,” said Museum Director Lori D. Yarrish. “We know it will be a great addition to the city’s celebration of hosting this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.”

The exhibition tells the story of African American baseball in Washington, beginning in the mid-1800s and through the desegregation of the sport. It describes how the organized African American teams, unable to own ballparks, played wherever they could and often requested the use of white-owned fields, including Griffith Stadium, the home of the major league Washington Senators. Because of consistent winning scores and exciting games, the African American teams soon became the fan favorites of Washington baseball lovers, selling out stadiums wherever they played.

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Wakanda to Smithsonian: NMAAHC Acquires Objects From ‘Black Panther’ Film

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Wakanda to Smithsonian:
NMAAHC Acquires Objects from ‘Black Panther’ Film

Black Panther’s hero costume is part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection. The Museum acquired several objects from the record-breaking film Black Panther, including the hero costume worn by actor Chadwick Boseman; a partial shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (co-writer; director), Kevin Feige (producer, president of Marvel Studios),Nate Moore (executive producer) and Joe Robert Cole (co-writer; producer); and 24 high-resolution production photographs. Plans for display of the objects are under consideration by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character. Black Panther illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked blacks, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures. The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.

The origin story of the Black Panther character started in the late 1960s, during the height of the civil rights movement-a critical period in American history and an era that the museum explores in many of its exhibitions.

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Film still photo credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History of Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, ©Marvel/Matt Kennedy

Suit photo credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History of Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, ©Marvel, photos taken by NMAAHC/Lanae Spruce

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