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In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

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Discover how a pilot, an orator, and a community worker can help us understand the qualities of a great leader.

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Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history, and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

What does a leader do? Together with educators from the National Air and Space Museum and the National Women's History Museum, we will explore this key question in relationship to portraits of activists Sojourner Truth and Sylvia Rivera, and pilot Bessie Coleman.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants via Eventbrite 24–48 hours in advance of the program. Each participant must register separately. We will only allow participants into the meeting if their names (and email addresses) are on the registration list.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or captioning, please email jonesve@si.edu at least two weeks in advance of the program.

For general inquires please contact npgeducation@si.edu

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Image Credit: Sylvia Rivera (with Christina Hayworth and Julia Murray) by Luis Carle, 2000. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Sojourner Truth by Unidentified Artist, 1864. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. “Black Wings” by William J. Powell, 1934. National Air and Space Museum. Object on loan from Charles N. Smallwood, NY.

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