Help us defend birth control coverage!

It’s hard to believe that in 2016 we have to defend access to birth control coverage. But we do. And we need your help.

This spring the Supreme Court deadlocked in Zubik v. Burwell, a major birth control case that would allow certain bosses to use their religion to make it more difficult, if not impossible, for women to get the birth control coverage they need.

Here’s where you come in. In response to the Court’s order, the Department of Health and Human Services is asking for input from the public about the importance of birth control coverage. We need you to submit your comment to make sure we’re heard loud and clear: everyone deserves access to birth control coverage, no matter where they work or go to school.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the NMAAHC


Today is the day!

Next weekend, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will open its doors to the public. To celebrate this historic occasion we are holding a One-Day Giving Campaign.

Your gift today will ensure the future of our programs and exhibitions, so that we can share the African American experience with the world.

This is truly an historic moment, and this Museum is finally a reality. Make a donation by midnight tonight and your donation will be DOUBLED, thanks to the generous support of our Giving Day Sponsor, Hyundai Motor Cars.

You can share the excitement of NMAAHC Giving Day with your friends and family using #GiveNMAAHC. Through your support, we can make history together.

All the best,



Lonnie G. Bunch III,
Founding Director

On this day … September 13



1788 – The Constitutional Convention decided that the first federal election was to be held on Wednesday the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. In addition, New York City was named the temporary national capital.
1789 – The United States Government took out its first loan.


1922 – In El Azizia, Libya, the highest shade temperature was recorded at 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

1948 – The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress.


1949 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed.


1960 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola.


1971 – In New York, National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault. A committee was organized to investigate the riot on September 30, 1971.

1977 – The first diesel automobiles were introduced by General Motors.

1981 – U.S. Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig said the U.S. had physical evidence that Russia and its allies used poisonous biological weapons in Laos, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

1993 – Israel and Palestine signed their first major agreement. Palestine was granted limited self-government in the Gaza Strip and in Jericho.