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Conversations Celebrating Black History Month

February 16, 2016  • Aspen Institute Staff

Editor’s Note: The Aspen Institute will host its annual Symposium on the State of Race on March 29th. The Symposium explores new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. Learn more by visiting

This past week Aspen Institute Radio celebrated Black History Month by featuring conversations about black history and culture with Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and more.

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Talking Plans for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Scheduled to open in 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC promises to be a place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture. All Americans will have the opportunity to learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience as well as how it helped us shape this nation. Learn about the plans for the museum in a conversation as part of the Aspen Institute Arts Program’s Race, Arts, and America initiative.

Opal Tometi / Washington Ideas Forum

Is Black Lives Matter an organization, an organizing strategy, a social media phenomenon, or all of the above? Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, answers this question and more in a conversation with Scott Stossel of The Atlantic.

Poetry in our Cultural Story: Songs of the Front Yard, Kitchen, and Hall

Actress Alfre Woodard and Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University Elisa New discuss poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and the voice of maternal authority. This session is a live taping for New’s “Poetry in America” project, an upcoming series for PBS.

An Interview with “Americanah” Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How much of your self-identity is tied to your home? How does this relationship change when you leave your home for another country? Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores these questions in her book, “Americanah,” and discusses them in conversation with Michele Norris, founding director of The Race Card Project and host and special correspondent at NPR.