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Release Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Contact: Joy Kinard, 202-673-2402
National Park Service Celebrates African American History Month
Washington, D.C. - In recognition of African American History Month, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Sites (NHS), units of the National Park Service (NPS) will highlight important events involving the efforts of people of African descent in the United States. These events are tailored to this year's theme, "Black Women in American Culture and History."Please join the NPS in celebrating the efforts of all Americans of African descent. All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (202) 673-2402.
Listed below are special events designed to remember and recognize the history of African Americans:
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS
1318 Vermont Ave., N.W.
On-line Virtual Photo Gallery
The NPS will launch an on-line virtual photo gallery and educational materials on the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House's website www.nps.gov/mamc. This photo gallery was created by Howard University's Department of History. The virtual photo gallery is titled "I Carried the Torch of Leadership: The Legacy of the National Council of Negro Women" and covers the leadership of the National Council of Negro Women from 1943 to1966. Mary McLeod Bethune and the Council's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement will be featured in teacher and student packetsavailable on-line.
Join the NPS for an interactive advanced art workshop on world renowned artist Faith Ringgold. This workshop will be presented by Gina Marie Lewis, Professor of Art, Bowie State University.Lewis will lead the workshop with youth from ages 8-11. Learn about African- American female artist Faith Ringgold and create collages of famous female civil rights leaders. After the workshop, participants will tour the home and the National Archives of Black Women's History and view an original quilt made by Faith Ringgold. The viewing will be facilitated by NPS site curatorial staff. Reservations are required.
This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS and the Carter G. Woodson Home NHS to promote public understanding of history and national treasures within the NPS.