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American Soul: The DuSable Museum of African-American History

American Soul: The DuSable Museum of African-American History
26:37 | 2002

Categories: History, Shorts, Politics

Founded in 1961, the DuSable is one of the first African-American museums in the country. The museum follows African-American history from its beginning on the shores of Africa to a celebration of African-American achievements including Bessie Coleman, the nation's first black female aviator; World War II Tuskegee airmen; Major Robert Lawrence, the nation's first black astronaut; and Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor.

The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Weaving themes of art, history, and diversity, it also tells us "What's American about Americans?" and "What Shall I Tell My Children who are Black?"

Enjoy the DuSable's treasures and think about the distorted images we have been given, ultimately learning why the children shall lead us.


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