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Slide 0: We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
$19.95
We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity is a richly illustrated commemoration of African Americans' roles in World War I highlighting how the wartime experience reshaped their lives and their communities after they returned home. This stunning book presents artifacts, medals, and photographs alongside powerful essays that together highlight the efforts of African Americans during World War I. The book also presents the work of black citizens on the home front. Together their efforts laid the groundwork for later advances in the civil rights movement.

We Return Fighting reminds readers not only of the central role of African American soldiers in the war that first made their country a world power. It also reveals the way the conflict shaped African American identity and lent fuel to their longstanding efforts to demand full civil rights and to stake their place in the country's cultural and political landscape.
 
Slide 1: A Fool's Errand
A Fool's Errand
$29.95
* INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE SIGNED BOOKPLATE BY SMITHSONIAN SECRETARY LONNIE BUNCH *

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump is founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. His story is by turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, bittersweet, and above all, a compelling read.

In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to bear to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity.

This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.
 
Slide 2: National Museum of African American History and Culture 22 oz. Logo Tumbler
National Museum of African American History and Culture 22 oz. Logo Tumbler
$34.00
At home or on the go, this insulated National Museum of African American History and Culture Logo Tumbler is designed to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold with minimal condensation. Functional graphic art at its most useful and appealing, this travel tumbler with turn-tab lid celebrates the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture by artistically displaying the Museum's logo (NMAAHC) between its double walls. Tritan™ copolyester. Freezer, microwave, and top rack dishwasher safe. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 3: Becoming
Becoming
$32.50
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Mrs. Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Mrs. Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
 
Slide 4: Limited Edition African American History and Culture Museum Corona Rollerball Pen
Limited Edition African American History and Culture Museum Corona Rollerball Pen
$55.00
The deeply etched, copper-plated brass barrel of this Limited Edition African American History and Culture Museum Corona Rollerball Pen emulates the ornamental bronze-hued metal lattice covering the exterior of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Officially licensed by the Smithsonian Institution, each pen is individually numbered and packaged in a commemorative gift tube, which doubles as a pen stand. (The limited edition number for each pen is printed on the top band just above the clip.) Capless rollerball design. Twist to deploy. Comes pre-loaded with a black ink cartridge. Only takes Schmidt short capless rollerball refill #P-8127. The Smithsonian logo appears on the top of the pen.
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Slide 5: Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking
Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking
$29.95
Since the 2016 opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, its Sweet Home Café has become a destination in its own right. Showcasing African American contributions to American cuisine, the café offers favorite dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, adding modern flavors and contemporary twists on classics. Now both readers and home cooks can partake of the café's bounty: drawing upon traditions of family and fellowship strengthened by shared meals. Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking celebrates African American cooking through recipes served by the café itself and dishes inspired by foods from African American culture.

With 109 recipes, the sumptuous Sweet Home Café Cookbook takes readers on a deliciously unique journey. Presented here are the salads, sides, soups, snacks, sauces, main dishes, breads, and sweets that emerged in America as African, Caribbean, and European influences blended together. Featured recipes include Pea Tendril Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hoppin' John, Sénégalaise Peanut Soup, Maryland Crab Cakes, Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Pan Roasted Rainbow Trout, Hickory Smoked Pork Shoulder, Chow Chow, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Chess Pie, and many others. More than a collection of inviting recipes, this book illustrates the pivotal—and often overlooked—role that African Americans have played in creating and re-creating American foodways. Offering a deliciously new perspective on African American food and culinary culture, Sweet Home Café Cookbook is an absolute must-have.
 
Slide 6: Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
$14.95
This fully illustrated guide to the Smithsonian’s newest museum takes visitors on a journey through the richness and diversity of African American culture and the history of a people whose struggles, aspirations, and achievements have shaped the nation. The Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture provides a comprehensive tour of the museum, including its magnificent building and grounds and eleven permanent exhibition galleries dedicated to themes of history, community, and culture. Highlights from the museum’s collection of artifacts and works of art are presented in full-color photographs, accompanied by evocative stories and voices that illuminate the American experience through the African American lens.
 
Slide 7: African American History and Culture Museum Men's Corona T-Shirt
African American History and Culture Museum Men's Corona T-Shirt
$28.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

Enjoy the contemporary design aesthetic of this graphic crewneck African American History and Culture Museum Men's Corona T-Shirt. Contrasting the black body of the tee is a striking design that reprises two of the openwork architecture patterns (one, black and white; the other, bronze) inset within the Museum's exterior corona, or crown. Smithsonian Institution logo on back. 100% cotton. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 8: Through the African American Lens
Through the African American Lens
$16.95
From daguerreotype portraits taken before the Civil War to twenty-first century digital prints, the Double Exposure series is a striking visual record of key historical events, cultural touchstones, and private and communal moments that helps to illuminate African American life. In addition to featuring fifty photographs from a broad range of African American experiences, each thematic volume includes introductions by some of the leading historians, activists, photographers, and writers of our times. Through the African American Lens is an introduction to the photography collection, revealing the ways in which African Americans have used activism, community, and culture to fight for social justice and create a better life.
 
Slide 9: Double Exposure: African American Women
Double Exposure: African American Women
Double Exposure: African American Women highlights NMAAHC’s rich collection of striking photographs of African American girls and women, some of whom are cultural icons. This third volume in the Double Exposure series demonstrates the dignity, joy, heartbreak, commitment, and sacrifice of women of all ages and backgrounds by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beverly Conley, Robert Galbraith, Ernest C. Withers, Wayne F. Miller, P.H. Polk, Joe Schwartz, and Milton Williams.
 
Slide 10: Double Exposure: Picturing Children
Double Exposure: Picturing Children
$16.95
The fourth volume in the series, Double Exposure: Picturing Children features a diverse selection of photographs: spontaneous records of intimate family moments, playtime, and communal activities as well as posed portraits. Photographers include Henry Clay Anderson, Wayne F. Miller, Joe Schwartz, Jamel Shabazz, Milton Williams and Ernest C. Withers. The volume includes short reflections on individual photographs which explore how the images speak not only to past experiences of African American youth, but also to our evolving concepts of childhood, youth engagement in American society and the future.
 
Slide 11: Begin With the Past
Begin With the Past
$29.95
Begin With the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture presents the long history of efforts to build a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture. In 2003 the museum was officially established at long last, yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. The book traces the appointment of the director, the selection of the site, and the process of conceiving, designing, and constructing a public monument to the achievements and contributions of African Americans. The careful selection of architects, designers, and engineers culminated in a museum that embodies African American sensibilities about space, form, and material and incorporates rich cultural symbols into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape.