978 Winter 2019 Virtual Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Thursday, 9:40–11:05, Feb. 14
Instructor: Dr. Johari M. Rashad
Coordinator: Carolyn Kramer
The newest museum in the Smithsonian’s collection—the National Museum of African American History and Culture (MAAHC)—opened two years ago to international acclaim. Since its dedication, it has hosted over four million visitors and has one of the longest waiting periods, or “hang times,” of any Washington museum. What makes this museum so popular? What is its major purpose? What’s the best way to experience it? Why were passes required on weekends? questions and many others will be answered during this presentation. This lecture will cover the historical and philosophical foundations of the museum the layout of each of the museum’s seven floors. You will learn about each of the gallery exhibits (with highlights) as well as current special exhibits. Anecdotes from the lecturer’s experience as a docent will also be included.
Dr. Johari M. Rashad is a retired federal employee who received a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies at Howard University, taught Equal Employment Opportunity and diversity courses to thousands of federal employees during her career, and currently teaches an American diversity course at a local college where she has served as an adjunct professor since 2005. She is a docent for the MAAHC.