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Posted By: JohnInKansas
28-Sep-07 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: African American Protest Slogans & Songs
Subject: RE: African American Protest Slogans & Songs
Thread drift, but hopefully appropriate:

Black history museum opens online

The Associated Press
Updated: 12:25 p.m. CT Sept 26, 2007

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution's museum dedicated to black history and culture launches this week with an interactive Web site — long before its building opens for visitors on the National Mall.

Social-networking technology donated by IBM Corp. will allow visitors to help produce content for future exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Almost anything is fair game — long essays, short vignettes of memories or recorded oral histories. The museum plans to add video capabilities in the future.

The museum was to announce the site's debut Wednesday.

"The culture of the African American experience ... is too important to wait five or 10 years until the building is open," said Lonnie Bunch, the museum's founding director. "I wanted people to know that from the day I was hired, this museum exists."

Museum staff will monitor the site for historical accuracy, and technical filters will block racist or inappropriate comments, said Bunch, adding that the site is really a "virtual museum" and a new source of research for curators and scholars.

More at the link.

The direct link to the museum site is:

the National Museum of African American History and Culture