Movements, Motions, Moments

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The eighth volume in the Double Exposure series, Movements, Motions, Moments: Photographs of Religion and Spirituality from the National Musuem of African American History and Culture draws upon the visual images in NMAAHC's collection to explore the dynamic ways religion is engaged and practiced by African Americans. Movements, Motions, Moments shows how African Americans have negotiated their participation and engagement in religious spaces.

Photographs in this volume range from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and include religious traditions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, African indigenous, non-secular, and other religious traditions (Humanism, Atheism, Spiritualism, and others). It also includes photography capturing contemporary events and movements including Black Lives Matter and the global pandemic.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.


  • Paperback
  • 88 pages, 70 photographs
  • 7.1" x 7.1"