National Museum of African American History & Culture

African American Life, History & Culture

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Slide 0: The Hill We Climb
The Hill We Climb
$15.99
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman captivated a nation and brought hope to many when Gorman recited it at President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2021. This special gift edition includes an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey and celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.
 
Slide 1: African American Poetry
African American Poetry
$45.00
A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of black poetry ever published, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song gathers 250 poets from the colonial period to the present. Only now, in the 21st century, can we fully grasp the breadth and range of African American poetry: a magnificent chorus of voices, some familiar, others recently rescued from neglect. Here, in this unprecedented anthology expertly selected by poet and scholar Kevin Young, this precious living heritage is revealed in all its power, beauty, and multiplicity.

* For an interview with the Editor, Kevin Young, and his new anthology, click here.
 
Slide 2: Ida B. the Queen
Ida B. the Queen
$27.00
Journalist. Suffragist. Anti-lynching crusader. In Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster, the inspiring life of Ida B. Wells begins with her birth into slavery and ends with her being honored with the Pulitzer Prize in 2020. Written by Wells' great-granddaughter Duster, readers delve into the story behind this pioneering Black woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—and who ultimately co-founded the NAACP and is now remembered as a civil rights icon.
 
Slide 3: NMAAHC Corona Adult Mask
NMAAHC Corona Adult Mask
$15.00
* THIS ITEM IS NOT RETURNABLE. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. *

In response to the CDC recommendation that people wear a cloth face covering when out in the community, non-medical, reusable masks have become an essential accessory today. Celebrate Black culture and history while adding a layer of protection with this NMAAHC Corona Adult Mask. The African American History Museum face mask is sized for adults and hand sewn in the USA with stretchy ear loops that make it feel comfortable. The striking black print on this mask features the museum's logo, too.
 
Slide 4: Rainbow Spiral Warming Basket
Rainbow Spiral Warming Basket
$60.00
This traditional Rainbow Spiral Warming Basket is woven with locally harvested cattail stalks and plastic strips by a network of Wolof women in Senegal. They are often used to keep food warm as a towel is used to line the inside and food is wrapped in the towel and the lid is secured to help keep it warm. Handcrafted, each will vary slightly.
 
Slide 5: NMAAHC A People's Journey Adult Mask
NMAAHC A People's Journey Adult Mask
$15.00
* THIS ITEM IS NOT RETURNABLE. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. *

In response to the CDC recommendation that people wear a cloth face covering when out in the community, non-medical, reusable masks have become an essential accessory today. Celebrate Black culture with an African American History Museum face mask. The adult-sized purple mask is hand sewn in the USA and features the museum's mantra, "A people's journey and a nation's story." Stretchy ear loops help this NMAAHC A People's Journey Adult Mask feel comfortable while adding a layer of protection.
 
Slide 6: 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 7: The Rise
The Rise
$38.00
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by celebrated chef and TV star Marcus Samuelsson celebrates African-American cooking and returns it to its rightful place as an original American cuisine and an essential definition of our culture. In this cookbook packed with 150 recipes, Samuelsson brings together a feast of food, culture, history, and more through his own journey to America and the stories and inspiration of two dozen other top black chefs.
 
Slide 8: In Bibi's Kitchen
In Bibi's Kitchen
$35.00
In this East African cookbook Somali chef Hawa Hassan and renowned food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (grandmothers) from eight African nations. These women welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue. In Bibi's Kitchen explore the people and food in Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, and Comoros. Through Hassan’s writing, and her own personal story, the women and the stories behind the recipes come to life.
 
Slide 9: Maya Angelou Bust
Maya Angelou Bust
$40.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

This exclusive and inspirational Maya Angelou Bust celebrates the beloved poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. A thoughtful gift for a strong woman, or a delightful addition to your own desk, office, or bookshelf. Natural white bonded marble. Made in the U.S.A.

Because of Her Story Part of Smithsonian's
American Women's History Initiative
 
Slide 10: Barack Obama Bust
Barack Obama Bust
$28.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

This exclusive Barack Obama Bust celebrates the 44th President of the United States and will add inspirational charm and dignity to your desk, bookshelf, or office. Bronze tone. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 11: Michelle Obama Bust
Michelle Obama Bust
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

This exclusive Michelle Obama Bust celebrates the former first lady and was created for use with the WhereAreTheWomen? Kickstarter. This group was raising awareness for the lack of female representation in the form of statues, busts, and most public art. A thoughtful gift for a strong woman, or a delightful addition to your own desk, office, or bookshelf. Natural white bonded marble. Made in the U.S.A.

Because of Her Story Part of Smithsonian's
American Women's History Initiative