The word and country: America, defines a sense of change and growth for immigrant families. America also impacts how immigrants label themselves and relay their narratives to others. Thankfully, on May 15 the Washington, D.C. Newseum will open its doors to the “One Nation With News for All” alongside their “News For All” exhibit, showcasing how immigrants and minorities use the press to earn their rights and the growing media presence in these communities. The exhibit was created through the Newseum’s partnership with the Smithsonian who has a similar project, Our American Journey. The historic museum reports:
“Our American Journey is a new Smithsonian-wide project that brings together museums and research centers to document, interpret and exhibit the history and culture of immigration and migration in the United States and the dynamic cultural interactions that have created the nation.”
The artifacts that will be featured in the materials include those used by Univision co-anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos, Ida B.Wells’ diary and Fredrick Douglass’ pocket watch. Visitors will also be introduced to visuals of the first ethnic newspapers such as Freedom’s Journal and the Cherokee Phoenix. The purpose of the exhibition is to center around the growing media outlets created by minority and immigrant communities.
Statistics show, one in four Americans use ethnic media as a source of their news. These news companies allow various perspectives to be exchanged around news affecting their communities. The CEO of Newseum, Jim Duff, stated:
“We’re honored to partner with the Smithsonian Institution in telling the important story of ethnic media throughout American history. By exercising their First Amendment rights, ethnic media not only inform and educate the public, but also are drivers of social change, fighting for equal rights and leading crusades against slavery, poverty and injustice.”
The Newseum will also have videos that will feature ethnic journalists covering media stories and interactive elements that will allow visitors to take selfies in order to share with an online gallery of metropolitan cities. The “News for All” display will end on January 4, 2015. Click here, to view the selfie gallery.
Admission to the Newseum is $22.95 plus tax for adults, $13.95 for youth ages 7 to 18 and $18.95 for seniors age 65 and older. Our MN Biz editor was at the Newseum not too long ago and saw the moving exhibit on media coverage of 9/11 that the museum curated. If you have any interest in media and you’ll be in the DC area while this is going on, we’d recommend it.