Now that spring is here, it’s a good time to visit Washington D.C. The nation’s capital is full of fantastic museums and cultural centers.

If your schedule permits, visit We Who Believe In Freedom: Black Feminist D.C. This special exhibition was designed by The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM).

It debuted on March 30 and runs through September 15, 2024.

street view of Capitol building in Washington DC - The National Museum of Women's History will host new Black Feminist Exhibit through 2024
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What Makes The Black Feminist Exhibit Special?

Women, particularly Black women, have been the lifeblood of many social movements throughout history. However, they don’t always get due recognition, which is why this exhibit is so important.

According to Black Enterprise, “it highlights more than twenty Black women activists, whose work in Washington, D.C. influenced national policy from the turn of the 20th century, through the civil rights and Black Power movements.”

“Our inaugural exhibit explores the stories and voices of Black feminist organizers and theorists whose work changed the trajectory for the lives of millions—work that continues today and is often overlooked in history books,” said Susan D. Whiting, Board Chair, NWHM. “The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is a beautiful venue to exhibit this important cultural content and, as a public building, ensures that the exhibit is accessible to all.”

We Who Believe In Freedom: Black Feminist D.C., was curated by historians Sherie M. Randolph and Dr. Kendra Taira Field.

Where Is The Exhibit And Who Is Featured?

You’ll find the exhibit on the first floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

How much does it cost to visit? Nothing.

There’s also an online exhibition that expands on the physical one.

When Black feminism is raised, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Shirley Chisholm usually come to mind. Their contributions to the movement are widely recognized. But there are many other Black feminists, past and present, who furthered the cause.

The exhibit amplifies the contributions of less famous Black feminists, including Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Loretta Ross.

Things To Do In Washington D.C.

Whether you’re going for a stroll along the Tidal Basin, or visiting one of the museums, Washington D.C., offers something for all.

If you’re a fan of Ethiopian food in particular, you’ll have many choices. When refugees fled unrest in their home country in the 1970s and 1980s, they built a community in the U.S. capital. Dukem and Das Ethiopian Cuisine, are just two of many Ethiopian eateries in D.C.

Also, if you’re looking for Instagram inspiration, check out DC’s most Instagram-worthy locations.

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