Published Date

May 21, 2016

Resource Type

AHA Resource, For the Classroom, Video


African American, Cultural, Current Events in Historical Context, Material Culture, Migration, Immigration, & Diaspora, Public History, Slavery

AHA Topics

K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, The History Major


United States

This event was part of the May 2016 conference The Future of the African American Past, co-hosted by the American Historical Association and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The final session of the conference is a roundtable discussion about the process of “centralizing” African American history instead of relegating it to an ancillary role in the greater American historical narrative. In thinking about the purpose of the new museum and what the public should expect when they walk through its doors, scholars address topics such as the changing imperatives of public culture, diasporic frames, and the evolution of democracy.




  • Earl Lewis, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern Univ.
  • Thomas C. Holt, Univ. of Chicago
  • Jacqueline Jones, Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • Jim Grossman, AHA
  • Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton Univ.