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Slide 0: 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 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: 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 3: 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 4: 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.
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Slide 5: 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 6: 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.
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Slide 7: 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.
 
Slide 8: 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 9: From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José
From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José
$45.00
A book both factual and personal, From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José recounts a portion of African American history as it is being made. Here is the story of the recovery in 2014 of artifacts from the São José, the first known slave ship to be recovered that sank with its human cargo aboard. Finding such a singular lens through which to view the unfathomable scope of the Middle Passage had become a quest for National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) founding director Lonnie Bunch. From No Return chronicles the efforts of NMAAHC and its collaborators to locate the ship and unearth its ungodly objects, including some of the 1,130 iron bars the São José crew used to balance the weight of the ship’s human cargo. The book contains full-page images of these artifacts along with reproductions of the ship’s manifest, the captain’s deposition after the ship capsized in December 1794 off the coast of South Africa, and other archival documents.

Bunch is one of four authors. The others are NMAAHC curator Paul Gardullo and the co-founders of the Slave Wrecks Project, Stephen C. Lubkemann and Jaco Jacqes Boshoff, who repeatedly dived the site. The “journey” that’s referenced in the book’s subtitle is threefold: the recovery of the artifacts; the symbolic return in 2015, by Bunch and the other authors, of those who had perished to their Mozambique homeland; and the personal journeys of the authors themselves as they unspooled this story from the turbulent waters off Cape Town. Each of them bore witness to a moment of discovery that will soon be part of history.

 
Slide 10: African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff
African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff
$80.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

The unique openwork design of this striking African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cuff replicates the ornamental bronze lattice wrapping the museum's architectural corona shape. Create an ensemble with the matching African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Pendant and Chain and Pierced Earrings. Bronze with antiqued finish. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 11: African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cufflinks
African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cufflinks
$50.00
Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

The unique openwork design of these striking African American History and Culture Museum Bronze Corona Cufflinks replicates the ornamental bronze lattice wrapping the museum's architectural corona shape. Bronze with antiqued finish. Made in the U.S.A.