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(inspiring orchestral music)

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- Race in America matters.

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It's in every part of our lives,

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and every part of our history.

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It's our reality,

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and our future.

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To move our understandings
of race forward,

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the Smithsonian is
bringing people together

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to share their experiences.

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In times of joy and innovation,

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and in sadness and hardship,

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we place humanity at the
heart of everything we do.

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Through our Race Initiative,

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we're reaching out to
every home, every school,

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every community in the nation

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to take part in conversations about race.

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- This initiative will help the nation

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face its painful racial history

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and will provide a set
of robust online tools

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that will invite you to think critically

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and expansively about how race
affects the world around you.

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To that end, we're
bringing virtual Town Halls

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with global and national
leaders to your screens.

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We are creating pop-up
events across the country,

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and we're facilitating conversations

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with young activists
and Smithsonian experts.

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All of which will help promote
vital dialogue about race

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and examine the ways we can all make

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a positive change for our country.

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The Smithsonian is your portal

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to exploring the most
consequential issues of our time.

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- [Ariana] Visit our online portal.

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Use and download our resources.

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Tune in to our live streams.

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We want to inspire brave conversations

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about race and racism in
all parts of our lives.

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Race in policymaking,

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in healthcare,

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in wealth distribution.

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Race in public spaces,

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in popular culture,

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And the impact of race around the globe.

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Be part of this networked community

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that is coming together to share

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the lived experiences
of Americans everywhere.

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Because no two experiences are the same,

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but everyone has a racial identity,

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and everyone can enact change.

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Race, community, and our shared future.

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This is the Smithsonian.

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Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past explores the impacts of racial identification and racism in the United States and globally. This initiative will draw on the interdisciplinary scholarship from the entire Smithsonian Institution and co-create resources with diverse partner organizations. By using multiple platforms for dialogue and engagement, we will examine the historical roots and contemporary impacts of systemic racism with a goal of uniting and healing for a more equitable future.

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