Feb. 1, 2019



Dear Friend,

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. And today, I’m reflecting gratefully on Museum supporters like you who make the celebration of African American history a year-round mission.

Friend, the Museum ensures that every month is Black History Month—by making African American history accessible and meaningful to Americans of every age, race, and background, while deepening our awareness of who we are as a nation. But to continue this critical work of fostering a shared understanding of our common history, we’ve set a goal of raising $100,000 by February 28.

In honor of Black History Month, please help the National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrate black history every day by joining the Museum now.

This month serves to instill pride of self and community among young black people by emphasizing stories of black achievement and resilience, while helping the nation confront our shared history of racial discrimination in order to build a more just future.


For some, Black History Month ends on February 28, but the Museum’s mission is to tell the unvarnished African American story every day. As a digital-first Museum, the NMAAHC goes beyond its walls and provides online access to its exhibitions and other content to visitors around the nation and the world. Exhibits range from the painful history of slavery—to heroes well-known (freedom fighter Harriet Tubman) and unsung (1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott planner Jo Ann Robinson)—to barrier-breaking pioneers like entertainer Nat King Cole, astronaut Charles Bolden, and President Barack Obama.

Will you join the Museum to bring this history to its rightful place at the center of American history?

Visitors leave the Museum with the knowledge that all Americans are shaped in profound ways by the African American experience. And it’s our challenge to bring this shared understanding—and the reconciliation, healing, and brighter future we believe will follow—to an even wider audience in 2019.

That's why I’m turning to you today. Your support as a Museum Member will help us grow and thrive as the only national museum dedicated exclusively to documenting African American history. Please, help us meet our $100,000 goal by February 28 by joining the Museum now.

Thank you for all you’re doing to honor the African American heroes who have come before us—and inspire those who will carry their work into a more just and equitable future.


All the best,


Lonnie G. Bunch III
Founding Director

P.S. Dr. Carter G. Woodson wrote, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition … and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Your ongoing support of the Museum plays a vital role in keeping African American history from being forgotten. Please, help us ensure that Black History Month is celebrated all year long by making your Membership gift today.