Post card fliers available to guests at the world premiere screening of Dunbar, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the E Street Cinema in Northwest. /Photo by Patricia Little @5feet2
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DUNBAR WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING AT E STREET CINEMA

Alumni from Dunbar High School were delighted to attend the world premiere of “Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement,” at the Landmark E Street Cinema, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in northwest D.C. Patrons purchased popcorn and found the best seat in the house to view the first documentary highlighting one of America’s oldest public high schools for African Americans. The high school, named after the famous poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, has a controversial history that many continue to find of interest today, in which some claim it to have been a school for the elite. The film featured well known alumni such as former DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Congress woman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Colbert King, who gave an oral history of the school’s challenges with desegregation, funding issues, low enrollment, and building renovation. Dorothy C. Egbufor, a 1991 alumnae, moderated a panel discussion with the cast members after the screening.

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On Monday, Nov. 16, the National Museum of African American History and Culture held an event featuring a 3-D illumination display on the building's exterior surface in anticipation of the museum's opening in 2016. Photo by Travis Riddick
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African American Museum: D.C.’s Newest Jewel

The National Museum of African American History and Culture [NMAAHC] kicked off the countdown to the Museum’s grand opening in the fall of 2016 with a three-night video illumination presentation. The “Commemorate and Celebrate Freedom” event commenced on Monday, Nov. 16 at the NMAAHC in Northwest paying tribute to three milestones in African-American history.“Years ago this was a dream. Tonight we celebrate the realization of that dream,” Lonnie Bunch, founding director of NMAAHC said.
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The new National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institute, has already begun to show its vast collection. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute)
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D.C. Host Committee Prepares for Museum Opening

Thousands of visitors from across the country are expected to descend upon Washington, D.C., for the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The opening of this museum has long been anticipated ever since Georgian Congressman John Lewis in 1986 proposed the idea for a museum on the mall dedicated to the contributions and achievements of African Americans. [read more…]