Published Date

May 21, 2016

Resource Type

AHA Resource, For the Classroom, Video


African American, Current Events in Historical Context, Material Culture, Public History, Slavery

AHA Topics

AHA Initiatives & Projects, K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education


United States

On May 19–21, 2016, the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) co-hosted The Future of the African American Past, a landmark conference that brought together over 60 scholars to celebrate the opening of the NMAAHC and consider the future of the study of African American history. The Future of the African American Past was made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and HISTORY.

This video library features excerpts from the opening roundtable and eight conference sessions that can be used in K–12, community college, and undergraduate classrooms to guide understanding of major themes in this evolving field. NMAAHC founding director Lonnie Bunch and AHA executive director Jim Grossman provide introductory remarks for each video.

For more about The Future of the African American Past, visit the conference website.

Videos produced by Intelligent Television. 




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