Smithsonian Hosts Program Series on Black History

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:36 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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