Tell the Trump Administration: Approve the EEOC Harassment Guidance


The Trump administration is blocking attempts to make workplaces safer for everyone. Take action!

Dear Friends,

In this incredible #MeToo moment, many have asked what policymakers should do to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. In 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) tackled this issue by updating a critical resource on unlawful harassment that provides important guidance for workers, employers, and those enforcing the law. The strong, updated guidance explains what constitutes sexual harassment and underscores that sexual harassment includes harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

The EEOC approved the harassment guidance last November and passed it on to the White House for final review. But the Trump administration has been sitting on it ever since. Given the long delay and the administration’s hostility toward the rights of women and LGBTQ people, we’re concerned that this important guidance won’t ever be released.

Will you join us in telling the White House to quit stalling and approve the harassment guidance as is?
Send your message now.

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As recent events make clear, employers desperately need to understand their obligations to protect their employees from harassment. This guidance would help businesses understand what actions constitute unlawful sexual harassment, including harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Given the history of allegations against the President, it is not especially surprising the Trump administration is failing to show leadership in addressing sexual harassment. But let’s be clear: the administration is doing something worse than nothing. It is blocking attempts to make workplaces safer for everyone.

Take action: Demand the administration approve the harassment guidance immediately.

The Trump administration — through the work of extremists like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — has chipped away at the civil rights of LGBTQ people and women whenever possible. Now they are taking aim at our right to be free from sexual harassment, and we won’t allow it. Take action now.

Thank you!
Emily Martin
General Counsel and Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice
National Women’s Law Center

We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us — sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.

FDA/USDA ~~ Feb 2018 Alerts & Safety pg6


  • Northwest Naturals of Portland, Oregon is recalling 5lb frozen Chicken and Salmon petfood chubs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.Product was 1 isolated batch of 94 cases distributed to distributors in California, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Rhode Island and sold thru specialty pet retail stores.Product is packaged in 5lb frozen chubs labeled Chicken and Salmon Dog Food with a UPC code of 0 87316 38440 6 and a product best buy date code of 15 082218

    No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date. The product passed lab testing on 12-22-2016 and was sold over 1 year ago to distributors listed above, on or before 1-23-2017. Reports from distributors indicate there is no product at any distributors.

    The company was notified on 2-21-2018 by FDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). MDARD bought 1 chub at a Michigan specialty pet store and tested the sample which was negative for e coli, salmonella, and positive for Listeria moncytogenes. The company tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a positive release program before releasing for shipping. The company tests over 600 batches of product per week. The company is a dual jurisdiction facility regulated by USDA-FSIS every day on every shift and FDA. The company does dual lab testing several times per month matching USDA- FSIS lab samples and comparing results.

    Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code on any 5lb frozen Chicken and Salmon chubs. Any product with the noted lot code should return product to the specialty retailer where purchased for full refund.

    Consumers with questions may contact Northwest Naturals at 1-866-637-1872, Monday-Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm PST or go to www.nw-naturals.net

  • TruPet, LLC of Milford, OH, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight, 2.5oz Pet treats because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes only the product listed below.The following affected “Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight” products were distributed in the continental USA via online retailer Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery:

    Affected product can be identified by comparing the following lot number: “Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight” with “Lot # 20190514 13753”.

    No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall. Consumers who have purchased Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 800-476-8808 for additional information.

  • Bella All Natural is voluntarily recalling its Diet Capsules labeled as Bella, Lot Number MFD:10.15.2017 EXP: 10.14.2019, to the consumer level.This recall has been initiated due to presence of sibutramine. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 due to safety concerns. N-Desmethyl sibutramine is an active metabolite of sibutramine. Sibutramine and its active metabolites substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present significant health risks including heart attack, arrhythmia, and stroke. The company has not received any reports of adverse events or injuries.The product is used as a diet pill and is packaged in a plastic bottle, with 30 pills, and with the Lot Number MFD:10.15.2017 EXP: 10.14.2019. Bella was distributed in California via internet and retail.Bella All Natural is notifying its distributors and customers by Customer Notification/Recall Communication and is arranging for return of product of all recalled products. Consumers that have Bella Diet Capsules which is being recalled should stop using immediately and return to place of purchase.

    Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Bella all Natural by calling (323)552-6263, or e-mail address: cabral_daisy@yahoo.com on Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., PST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

    Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

    This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administratio

  • Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling 3 lots of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 100 mg/20 mL Vial (NDC 0409-2267-20), and one lot of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, Novaplus® (NDC 0409-2267-25) to the hospital/institution level. Hospira, Inc. initiated this recall due to the discovery of cracks on the rim surface of vials for these lots, which is covered by the stopper and crimp seal.Cracked vials may result in a lack of sterility assurance for the product. Use of or exposure to a non-sterile product may be associated with adverse events such as fever, chills, sepsis or invasive systemic infections in patients. To date, Hospira, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events associated with this issue for these lots.Labetalol Hydrochloride is an adrenergic receptor blocking agent indicated for the control of blood pressure (BP) in severe hypertension. It is administered by repeated intravenous (IV) injections or by slow IV infusion.

    Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection is packaged in a 20 mL Multiple Dose Fliptop Vial; packaged in 50 cartons per case. The affected lots include the following NDC, lot numbers, and expiry dates. For cartons, the NDC is located on the top and front label and Lot and Expiry Date information is located on the bottom.  For individual vials, the NDC, Lot and Expiry Date information is located on the vial label.

    Product was distributed nationwide to wholesalers / retailers / hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico from April 2017 to August 2017.

    NDC Lot Number Expiration Date Strength Configuration/Count

    0409-2267-20

    74370DD
    75035DD
    75115DD

    1FEB2019
    1MAR2019
    1MAR2019

    100 mg/20 mL
    (5 mg/mL)

    1-20 mL Multiple Dose Fliptop Vial per carton; 50 cartons per case

    0409-2267-25 (Novaplus®)

    74230DD

    1FEB2019

    100 mg/20 mL
    (5 mg/mL)

    1-20 mL Multiple Dose Fliptop Vial per carton; 50 cartons per case

    Hospira, Inc. places the utmost emphasis on patient safety and product quality at every step in the manufacturing and supply chain process.

    Hospira, Inc. has notified wholesalers/retailers/hospitals by recall letter to arrange for return of any recalled product.

    Wholesalers/retailers/hospitals/institutions with an existing inventory of the lots subject to this recall should stop use and distribution of the remaining units and quarantine immediately. Healthcare Professionals in your organization should be informed of this recall. If you have further distributed the recalled product, to the wholesale or retail level, please notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product from you. For additional assistance, call Stericycle at 1-800-805-3093 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

    Retailers/ Healthcare Professionals with questions regarding this recall can contact Pfizer using the below information.

    Contact Contact Information Areas of Support
    Pfizer Medical

    Information

    1- 800-615-0187 , option 3

    (8am to 7pm ET Monday through Friday)

    Medical inquiries
    Pfizer Safety 1-800-438-1985, option 1 (24 hours a day 7 days per week) To report adverse events or product complaints

    Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

    This recall is being executed with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Night Hawk Frozen Foods, Inc. Recalls Frozen Beef Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Night Hawk Frozen Foods, Inc., a Buda, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 167 pounds of frozen beef patty and gravy products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • A & A Finest Recalls Frozen Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen A & A Finest, a Corona, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 572 pounds of frozen pork and shrimp dumpling products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
  • Triple T Specialty Meats Inc. Recalls Chicken Salad Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., an Ackley, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 20,630 pounds ofready-to-eat chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium.
  • Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 010-2018, Saker ShopRites, Inc. Recalls Empanadas due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen (Feb 14, 2018).Saker ShopRites, Inc. Recalls Empanadas due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
    Saker ShopRites, Inc., a Linden, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 19,757 pounds of pork and chicken empanadas due to misbranding  and an undeclared allergen.
  • FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Poultry Products due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about illnesses reported in the state of Iowa that may be caused by Salmonellaassociated with a chicken salad product. This product was sold at all Fareway grocery stores in Iowa, as well as Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
    Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber.
  • The FDA is alerting pet owners to a history of four recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural and Zoo Logics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018. In each instance, the company recalled these products after being alerted to positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of their raw pet food products. In its most recent recall, on February 10, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella and therefore have the potential to cause salmonellosis in humans and animals. The company states that it only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales. The FDA has investigated six complaints of illness and death in animals that have eaten the recalled products. Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notification announcing this or any of the previous recalls.This issue is of particular public health importance because Salmonella can make both people and animals sick.ince 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled the following raw pet food products:

Is the USDA helping SNAP Participants? the deadline to respond is April 9th


USDA Seeks Ideas to Help SNAP Participants Become Independent

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USDA Seeks Ideas to Help SNAP Participants Become Independent

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it is looking for innovative ideas to promote work and self-sufficiency among able-bodied adults participating in the department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The public is invited to provide input through a notice in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted on the web through the Federal Register tomorrow. USDA intends to use the input received to find improvements to SNAP policy and related services that can best assist SNAP participants return to self-sufficiency.

“Long-term dependency has never been part of the American dream,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “USDA’s goal is to move individuals and families from SNAP back to the workforce as the best long-term solution to poverty. Everyone who receives SNAP deserves an opportunity to become self-sufficient and build a productive, independent life.”

Federal law limits the amount of time an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can receive SNAP benefits to three months in a 36-month period, unless the individual is working and/or participating in a work program half-time or more, or participating in workfare. The law exempts individuals from the time limit for several reasons, including age, unfitness for work, or having a dependent child. The law also provides state agencies with flexibility to request a waiver of this time limit if unemployment is high or the area does not have a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment.

“Too many states have asked to waive work requirements, abdicating their responsibility to move participants to self-sufficiency. Past decisions may have been the easy short-term choice, but USDA policies must change if they contribute to a long-term failure for many SNAP participants and their families,” Perdue said.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal, released on Feb. 12, proposes to limit waivers of the time limit for ABAWDs to counties with 10 percent unemployment over 12 months.

“The SNAP safety net must be there for those unable to work due to disability or another legitimate reason,” Perdue said. “But for the able-bodied, we must reduce barriers to work, and hold both individuals and states accountable for participants getting and keeping jobs.”

Starting tomorrow, the public is invited to submit comments or ideas on helping able-bodied SNAP participants find work and become self-sufficient through federalregister.gov. The comment period will be open through April 9, 2018.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs. In addition to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, these programs include Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, the National School Lunch Program, and the Summer Food Service Program which together comprise America’s nutrition safety net. For more information, visit www.fns.usda.gov.

Victory in Austin and for Poultry Workers


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The 1st Paid Sick Time Law in Texas

The Austin City Council has passed a paid sick time ordinance, making Austin the first city in Texas, and the first southern city to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time to use when they or a family member are ill or in need of care. This is the 42nd paid sick time law in the nation and offers strong protections to workers. All workers will be able to earn paid sick time, regardless of their employer’s size. Austin defines “family member” broadly in its paid sick time law to include chosen family members. This means that workers will have the right to use their earned sick time to care for loved ones even if they do not have a biological or legal relationship to them. Austin also joins a growing number of jurisdictions that allow workers to use their earned sick time for “safe time” purposes. Under this law, workers can use earned sick time to address needs related to domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking committed against the worker or the worker’s family member.  We congratulate our partners in Austin on this tremendous victory and look forward to building on this momentum elsewhere in the nation.

ABB’s Sarah Brafman with Amy Poehler

One Fair Wage

ABB joined ROC United and other partners from the One Fair Wage coalition for an event sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation calling for an end to the tipped minimum wage, a practice that leads to devastatingly high rates of sexual harassment. At the event, we shared our Working Woman’s Pocket Guide with actress Amy Poehler, emphasizing the need to pass new laws like One Fair Wage while also making sure women understand the rights they already have!

ABB’s Elizabeth Gedmark with advocates protesting harsh conditions on the line at a poultry plant in North Carolina.

A Victory for Poultry Workers

In a hard fought victory for workers’ rights, consumer safety, and animal rights across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to deny the National Chicken Council’s petition to eliminate line speed limits at poultry plants. ABB has been working with our coalition partners for months to fight this inhumane petition which would make one of the country’s most dangerous jobs even more dangerous. Read more about our ongoing advocacy here.

Defending Local Sick Time Laws

Last week, ABB, along with a leading group of local government and labor law professors, submitted an amicus brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in support of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act. The ordinance, which ABB helped to write and pass in 2015, was challenged almost immediately after it was enacted and is now before the state’s highest court. ABB’s brief argues that Pittsburgh was well within its authority to enact a public health ordinance like the Paid Sick Days Act and that striking it down would have severe consequences for the ability of cities in Pennsylvania to enact policies that protect the health and safety of their residents, potentially blocking cities from making regulations related to zoning, environmental protections, and more.

The FMLA’s 25th Anniversary

On February 5, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act, we released our new report, A Foundation and a Blueprint. As the report highlights, the FMLA has been a crucial safeguard for millions of Americans, yet federal law has remained largely stagnant as states and cities have lead the way towards more progressive and inclusive workplace leav

Patricia Roberts Harris ~ In Memory


National Museum of African American History and Culture
Thanks to some of our sharp-eyed readers, it has come to our attention that several lines had been dropped from our story on Patricia Roberts Harris.

As a result, the information regarding her appointment as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and then Secretary of Health and Human Services was incomplete and, without the full wording, inaccurate.

Below, we present the story of Patricia Roberts Harris again, in its entirety.

Many readers also offered kind words for Our American Story, which marked its first anniversary in September. We launched this series to spur discussion and highlight important people and events in the African American story and the role they played in the larger American story. This series also provides a way for us to connect friends throughout the nation who are excited about the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and are eager to get an advance look at some of the stories it will present. Thank you for your wonderful support.

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Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page From Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It will showcase individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.
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A Higher Standard: Patricia Roberts Harris
Patricia Roberts Harris sworn in as US Ambassador to Luxembourg
Patricia Harris in her swearing in ceremony
to be the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.
Provided by the U.S. State Department.

Dear Friends,

Black women have always served a critical role in the African American community, from the names we all know — Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks — to today’s young mother fighting for educational opportunities for her children. Others have quietly broken barriers to open doors that were once closed to people of color.

Patricia Roberts Harris is one of those quiet warriors whose life stands as a testament to excellence, tenacity, and commitment to change.

She was born on May 31, 1924, the daughter of Hildren and Bert Roberts, in Mattoon, Illinois. A product of Illinois public schools, Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., on scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 1945. From early in her life as a brilliant scholar at Howard, she went on to become the first African American woman to serve as a United States ambassador and later the first African American woman to serve as a Cabinet Secretary. Harris was a powerful influence in American politics and a major figure during the Civil Rights Movement.

After graduation from Howard, she went back to the mid-west and began graduate work at the University of Chicago in 1946. But the opportunity to become actively involved in working for social justice drew her back to Washington, D.C. She continued her graduate work at American University, and, at the same time, served as assistant director for the American Council of Human Rights. She also served as the first national executive director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., of which she was a member.

At the encouragement of her husband, William Beasley Harris, a prominent attorney in the District, Harris enrolled in The George Washington University Law School, where she graduated in 1960, first in her class.

During this time, while still active in the fight for civil rights, Harris became increasingly involved in the Democratic Party. Her ability to organize and manage did not go unnoticed. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy selected Harris to co-chair the National Women’s Committee for Civil Rights, described as an “umbrella organization encompassing some 100 women’s groups throughout the nation.”

In October of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Harris ambassador to Luxembourg, making her the first African American woman to be chosen as a United States envoy. For Harris the historic moment was bittersweet, saying, “I feel deeply proud and grateful this President chose me to knock down this barrier, but also a little sad about being the ‘first Negro woman’ because it implies we were not considered before.”

With the change of administration in 1968, Harris’ diplomatic role ended. She returned to Washington, D.C., and became the first woman to serve as Dean of Howard University’s School of Law.

In the early 1970s, Harris’ involvement in the Democratic Party culminated in her being named chairman of the powerful credentials committee and an at-large-delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

The election of Jimmy Carter in 1976 thrust Harris into the spotlight, again for another “first.” Shortly after taking office in 1977, Carter selected Harris to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Again Harris made history, this time by not only becoming the first African American woman to become a Cabinet Secretary, but also the first to be in the line of succession to the Presidency, at number 13.

During her confirmation hearing, Senator William Proxmire challenged her nomination and asked her if she felt capable of representing the interests of the poor and less fortunate in America. By this time in Harris’ life she had established herself as not only a recognized leader for civil rights, but also as a prominent corporate lawyer and businesswoman. Some, including a few black leaders, wondered if Harris had grown out of touch with the very people she was charged with serving.

Harris’ answer silenced her critics and perhaps best explains what motivated her throughout her life:

“Senator, I am one of them. You do not seem to understand who I am. I am a black woman, the daughter of a dining car waiter. …a black woman who could not buy a house eight years ago in parts of the District of Columbia. I didn’t start out as a member of a prestigious law firm, but as a woman who needed a scholarship to go to school. If you think I have forgotten that, you are wrong…if my life has any meaning at all, it is that those who start out as outcasts may end up being part of the system.”

US Postal Stamp of Patricia Roberts Harris

During her tenure as HUD Secretary, she helped reshape the focus of the department. A staunch supporter of housing rehabilitation, Harris funneled millions of dollars into upgrading deteriorating neighborhoods rather than wiping them out through slum clearance. She developed a Neighborhood Strategy Program that subsidized the renovation of apartments in deteriorated areas. In addition, she expanded the Urban Homesteading Plan and initiated Urban Development Action Grants to lure businesses into blighted areas. She poured millions of dollars into renovating deteriorating housing projects throughout the nation.

Harris was so effective at HUD that President Carter appointed her Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) in 1979. When Congress created a separate Education Department in 1980, HEW was renamed Health and Human Services (HHS), and Carter moved quickly to name Harris its Secretary, a position she held for the remainder of his administration.

In 1982, following an unsuccessful bid to become mayor of Washington, D.C., Harris became a full-time professor at The George Washington University National Law Center. She passed away on March 23, 1985 at the age of 60.

In January, 2000, the U.S. Postal Service honored Ms. Harris with a commemorative postage stamp bearing her likeness. Dignitaries from around the nation attended the unveiling ceremony at Howard University, her alma mater, to pay tribute and recognize her contribution to the nation. In addition, Howard created the Harris Public Service Program in her honor to augment its course offerings in public policy and to encourage students to consider careers in public service.

Patricia Roberts Harris’ life is a powerful chapter in our American story. “I am one of them…,” she said at her 1977 hearing to become HUD Secretary. Those words underscored her commitment to social justice and her sense of responsibility to the African American community and to the nation. Those words serve as testament to her life and legacy: political pioneer, successful businesswoman, educator, and champion for civil and equal rights.

All the best,
Lonnie Bunch, Director

Lonnie Bunch
DirectorThe National Museum of African American History and Culture is the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution’s family of extraordinary museums.The Museum will be far more than a collection of objects.
The Museum will be a powerful, positive force in the national discussion about race and the important role African Americans have played in the American story — a museum that will make all Americans proud.