It's almost black history month, and even though Black Twitter has given history lessons to white people all year, there's still much more everyone can learn. In how did we miss this news, a black history podcast hosted by Issa Rae and other notable names has been waiting for us to press play. Historically Black is the podcast to revisit in 2017. Birthed alongside the National Museum of African American History and Culture, it provides additional stories that enlighten us about our history even more. (If you haven't been to the museum yet, don't worry we got your back. Check put our coverage here.)
The National Museum of African American History and Culture has been open just a few months and people can't stop talking about the lessons they learned while exploring our history. Even though the museum contains many of our stories, it doesn't contain all of them. To celebrate the opening of the museum, The Washington Post put out a call inviting people to share their family photos and objects that connect them to black history. In response, the Post received dozens of objects, photos and more. Collectively, those items are viewed as being a part of what the APM reports call a "people's museum."
The Washington Post and APM (American Pubic Media Reports decided to make these stories come to life by collaborating on a podcast to present these stories and more to the public. The podcast had familiar voices serving as hosts, such as Issa Rae of Insecure and Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele. It also featured author Roxane Gay and hosts of Another Round, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton.
The podcast discussed topics such as black love stories, the path to founding an HBCU, the question of black identity and the spirit of the million man march.
Though the podcast might have ended, the dialogue doesn't have to. Do you have any stories or photos that connect you to black history? If so, place them in the comments below.