Smithsonian Magazine Announces ‘Black in America’

For its historic September issue, Smithsonian magazine will release, “Black in America” in honor of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24, the museum announced Friday.

The issue will feature a variety of prominent African-Americans ranging from Oprah Winfrey and Spike Lee to U.S. Politician and civil rights leader John Lewis, among others.

Leading up to the museum’s grand opening, portions of the issue will be made available online starting Friday. Journalist and television personality, Touré’s article, “Black and Blues” kicked off the issue’s introduction to the world.

Works by Opal Tometi, Natasha Tretheway, Mae Jemison and others will follow Touré’s moving piece on the blues genre and its response to oppression and marginalization.

Read Touré’s piece here. For more information visit,

Photo: Smithsonian African-American Museum, Associated Press Images