National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Slide 0: 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 1: The Truths We Hold
The Truths We Hold
$30.00
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Vice President Kamala Harris explores the core truths that unite us and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them. The daughter of immigrants, Harris was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice that she has never hid her passion for. When she began practicing law Harris quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California's thorniest issues, always eschewing stale "tough on crime" rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices.
 
Slide 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Afro-Vegan
Afro-Vegan
$27.50
A groundbreaking cookbook from beloved chef-activist Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed draws from many cultures to create more than 100 enticing vegan recipes. Rising star chef and food activist Terry is known for his simple, creative, and delicious vegan dishes inspired by African-American cooking. In this landmark cookbook, he remixes foods of the African diaspora to create exciting and approachable recipes such as Corn Maque Choux-Stuffed Jamaican Patties with Hot Pepper Sauce, Berebere-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, Groundnut Stew with Winter Vegetables and Cornmeal Dumplings, and more. Afro-Vegan will delight Bryant Terry fans, vegans looking for exciting new recipes, and cooks interested in African, Afro-Caribbean, and Southern cuisine.
 
Slide 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: The National Museum of African American History Culture: A Souvenir Book
The National Museum of African American History Culture: A Souvenir Book
$9.95
The National Museum of African American History & Culture: A Souvenir Book showcases some of the most influential and important treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections. These include a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman; ankle shackles used to restrain enslaved people on ships during the Middle Passage; a dress that Rosa Parks was making shortly before she was arrested; a vintage, open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; Muhammad Ali's headgear; an 1835 Bill of Sale enslaving a young girl named Polly; and Chuck Berry's Cadillac. These objects tell us the full story of African American history, of triumphs and tragedies and highs and lows.
 
Slide 10: The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium
The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium
$19.99
During the dangerous days of Jim Crow segregation, it was difficult to be an African-American traveler, as hotels that would take you or restaurants that would serve you were few and far between. This was addressed by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual listing of lodging, diners, gas stations, and other businesses that could handle the needs of the Black customer. Created in 1936 by Harlem-based postman Victor H. Green, the Green Book served the public until after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960's ended legal segregation. In The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium you can see all the articles, all the ads, and all the listings from four editions of the Green Book: 1938, 1947, 1954, and 1963-1964, one for each decade in which the series was published—and all of it reproduced at about 50% larger than the original size, for easier reading.
 
Slide 11: Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry
Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry
$30.00
As the world celebrates and reflects on the beautiful life of Maya Angelou, Random House presents an updated collection of her works of poetry, including a never-before-published work titled, Amazement Awaits. From her reflection on African American life and hardship in Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'for I Diiieto her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise, and her elegant tributes to dignitaries Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, every inspiring word of Maya Angelou's poetry is included in the pages of Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry.