Starbucks partners with National Museum of African American History and Culture


Starbucks is a proud supporter of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. As part of our partnership, we are sharing features of the museum so that you can learn, engage and volunteer online. Please join us in exploring the richness and complexity of the African American experience, through reading, sharing your personal story and getting involved with virtual volunteer opportunities.

Become a member and help support the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. 

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Learn

Deepen your understanding of history through the lens of the African American experience, through the museum’s broad collection of online offerings.

Left photo: Photograph of Mae Reeves and a group of women standing on stairs, ca. 1950. Right photo: Two men in conversation on an outdoor balcony, one in a Starbucks green apron.
Left: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr. Right: Photo by Ting Shen

The following stories are part of the museum’s collections and blog posts and explore the African American experience in the U.S. Expand your understanding of the historical context that led to the civil rights movement, diving deeper into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact and his legacy.

Engage

The museum’s Voices of Resistance and Hope Initiative, a collection of personal stories from the African American community, shares reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic and the mass protest movement for social justice are impacting the lives of millions of people around the world. Visit to share your experiences or read about others, and join the conversation. 

Left photo: Photograph of African American women and children at voter registration motorcade, 1956. Right photo: male Starbucks barista wearing facial covering.
Left: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Frances Albrier Collection. Right: Photo by Connor Surdi

Volunteer

You can help share the story of African Americans in post-slavery America by engaging in a virtual volunteer project. 

Left: Photo or Freedmen's School with students and teachers, ca. 1868. Right: Photo of Starbucks partner volunteering with food bank.
Left: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Participate in the museum’s Freedmen’s Bureau Transcription Project from home. With over 1.5 million pages of original documents to transcribe, this is the largest crowdsourcing initiative ever sponsored by the museum – and you can help understand our nation’s history, connect people with their pasts and inform future generations.


Header image photo credits
Left: Alan Karchmer for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Center: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.