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On a late summer day in 1963, 200,000 Americans made the Washington Monument the compass needle for a new direction in history, up and forward, when they gathered at its base, then marched a mile or so on to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preach — sing, really — a sermon on racism and a dream of change.

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The site includes a series of timelines showcasing great events in African American history, twenty-six African American biographies and great events in African American history from A-Z, a monthly calendar of events, a Kool Corner where kids can play word search games or color online, a Photo Gallery, and a with lesson plans related to African American history, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and women.

It could be a web page, a multimedia stack or a video.

Suitable for the middle and high school level, the activity can be used by students collaborating across schools to gain a broader perspective or even participating in a special Civil Rights videoconference with the Museum of Television & Radio.

Included are Curriculum Ideas, How Tos, Treasure Hunts, Web Links, Articles, and a search engine.

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The extremely complex narrative, with uplift and tragedy seemingly on a fixed collision course, spreads over five floors of galleries, three below ground, two above, with public spaces — a vast reception area; an atrium with a theater and cafe — in between. The three-level “History” section underground — on broad themes of slavery, segregation and the pivotal year 1968 — is reached by elevator or a spiraling ramp and holds some of the oldest and most disturbing material.

History, Art History, maps, and general resources.

This is a plausible statement. But it’s also too close to being a piece of feel-good Smithsonian-speak. And taken as such, it rings hollow to many at a time when violence is hammering African-Americans. And it is to the credit of Bunch and his curators that, despite diplomatic words, they have made centuries-old history of that violence clear in the opening display of some 3,500 objects, selected from the 40,000 in the museum’s collection.

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The story starts with slavery in Africa (although its long pre-European presence there is brushed by quickly), and then in the Americas. The most eye-catching relic of it here is an intact 1800s slave cabin from a plantation on Edisto Island in South Carolina; but the most piercing one is a lockable iron neck-ring, so small that it could have fit only a child. Words speak loudly, too. A handwritten receipt confirms the sale of a teenage girl and “her future issue.” A full-scale modern sculpture of Thomas Jefferson stands before a wall listing some of the slaves he owned, most identified by one name: Jenny, Orange, Tomo, Phoebe, Unknown.

They will demonstrate their grasp of this concept by designing a learning product.

The unit has two parts: The Early Greeks and Classical Greece.

White America, the message is, or one message is, repeatedly forces black America into a stance of resistance and dissent. Among sports treasures, there is a rack of medals earned by the track-and-field star Carl Lewis and a leotard worn by the gymnast Gabby Douglas in her first competitive season. And there’s a sculptural tableau in which the 1968 Mexico Olympic runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos greet “The Star-Spangled Banner” with raised fists. (Carlos, then 23, and Smith, 24, were quickly expelled from the Olympic Village and sent home.)

The activities require students to find information on the World Wide Web.

History from its origins to contemporary times.

The first activity offers a diagram of a "mystery ship" and says "the remains of the ship also included many chains and iron rings." Students are asked to figure out what kind of ship it was based on that information.

It also features a site map, bibliography, glossary and a search engine.

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The section alternates its presentation of slavery with more upbeat-sounding subjects, like the role played by black patriots in the American Revolution. This pattern, which is probably the only way to go to create an impression of telling a balanced story — it’s certainly the standard museum way — continues throughout the “History” section, with often powerfully jarring results.