City Life Org – The National Museum of American History launches “Collected: Black Feminism Re-rooted” podcast


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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will release “Collected,” its first major podcast available on Apple Podcasts and other major platforms, beginning February 24. It will take listeners on journeys through African American history that are especially relevant today. The six-episode pilot season will focus on black feminism and will debut in weekly installments from February 24 through March 31 under the title “Black Feminism Re-rooted.”

The hosts, museum curators Krystal Klingenberg and Crystal Moten, will be joined by prominent black scholars, writers and activists: Brittney Cooper, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Duchess Harris, Paris Hatcher, Feminista Jones, Courtney Marshall, Barbara Smith, Keeanga- Yamahtta Taylor and Raquel Willis. Each episode will make crucial connections between history and current events, and each will explore terms and ideas circulating in mainstream society that have their roots in the work of black feminists, including the story behind terms like intersectionality, self-care and identity politics.

“The ‘Collected’ pilot highlights the importance of black women thinkers and shows how their work, past and present, helps add context to the present moment and seeks to empower audiences to look to the past to understand our future,” said Klingenberg. “Our goal for the podcast is to connect the story to the ongoing struggle for civil rights and social justice in American society.”

“This podcast exemplifies excellence in public history work with its dynamic presentation of scholarship to address relevant topics, showcasing how black women have and continue to make history, and honoring the museum’s mission to sharing the complexity of our past to help create a more just future,” said Anthea M. Hartig, Museum Director, Elizabeth MacMillan.

A museum project Collective of African-American History Curatorsthe podcast is funded by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and produced by Smithsonian Enterprises Digital Studio. Listeners can find information and a teaser for the podcast and stream or download individual episodes through the companion website.

Through unparalleled collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History seeks to empower people to create a more just and compassionate future by examining, preserving, and sharing the complexity of our past. The museum, located on Constitution Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets, is open Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and no pass is required. The doors of the museum are always open online, and the Virtual Museum continues to expand its offerings, including online exhibits, materials, and PK-12 educational programs. The public can follow the museum on social networks at Twitter, instagram and Facebook. For more information, visit For information about the Smithsonian, the public can call (202) 633-1000.


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