Smithsonian Hosts Program Series on Black History

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    Four African Americans sat at a Woolworth's lunch counter intended only for white customers on Feb. 1, 1960. The counter is now part of the collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

    The Smithsonian is celebrating Black History Month with a series of programs in February.

    Throughout the month, the National Museum of American History will present performances by historical characters in "Join the Student Sit-Ins." Visitors will meet a civil rights activist from 1960 and take part in a training session based on an actual civil rights manual to prepare for a sit-in. The performance is presented Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    On Monday, the National Museum of American History will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by hosting a webcast for high school students. Scholars will reflect on the abolition movement of the 19th century.

    Events are also planned at the National Air and Space Museum and other sites.