Carla Hayden was just an 8-year-old school girl growing up in Queens, NY when she first saw herself reflected in a book, but that invaluable encounter with representation was one that would ultimately change her life.

“I don’t remember who put that book in my hand, but somebody knew that a little girl who was brown and had pigtails needed a book that reflected her,” Hayden told TIME magazine. I saw myself in a book and that will never leave me. I love that book to this day.”

Carla Hayden, Library of Congress, African American News, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNAndre F. Chung, Baltimore Sun | Photo Credit

Carla Hayden, Library of Congress, African American News, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNCassidy Johnson, Baltimore Sun | Photo Credit


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE | WASHINGTON, DC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).


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