Maya Angelou Honorary Campaign Chair of African American Museum of Art
Dr. Maya Angelou is named the Honorary Campaign Chair of the African American Museum of Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., for the 2014-2015 season. The museum is celebrating 50 years of African American cross cultural communication through the sharing of African artistry with the general public. The African American museum began back in
1963-64 by Warren Robbin with the purchases of the Frederick Douglas homes. Frederick Douglas, an African
American icon for freedom resided in the home located 314-316 A Street NE, from 1871 to 1877. Robbins also purchased the adjoining home to use for offices for the museum.
The museum in its beginning highlighted the joining of both black and white forces in an attempt to showcase, refute the slave trade mentality of blacks as uncouth savages. It allowed men and women of all races to see an area of dynamic prowess not commonly known or put on display with regard to African Americans. Robbins with black and white leaders, authors, artists worked together to accomplish the goal of opening and maintaining the museum since its opening 50 years ago. Whether you are able to plan a trip to Washington D.C. or do a teleconference to learn online, make a plan to visit the African American Museum of Art at the Smithsonian Institute. All school programs are free of charge.