#Moments of Resilience

As the world grapples with Covid-19, communities are marching in the streets to express their displeasure and frustration at our country’s inability to deal with our racial inequalities. What started as protests against the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police has quickly grown to represent the continued senseless killing of African Americans. As the list grows, so does the call for justice and equality for all people.

Tell us your story! No matter how big or small the gesture, we want to hear stories of how communities are supporting each other on a day-to-day basis. Whether it's the teacher who created a virtual story time, the man who sheltered protestors in his house overnight, or the people that are cleaning up vandalism in their neighborhood ; each is a moment of resilience. A moment that reminds us; together, we can conquer adversity, whether made by nature or man.

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#MomentsofResilience A word from our Director

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my name is Melanie Adams and I had the

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privilege of serving as the director of

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the Smithsonian's Anacostia community

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museum located in the Great Ward 8  like

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many of you watching this video I'm

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experiencing a new normal that prevents

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me from engaging in the everyday

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activities that until recently I took

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for granted no longer can we come

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together to celebrate commemorate or

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mourn the many milestones that measure

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one's life and while I can sit at home

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and lament my lack of mobility during

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this time it goes without saying that

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there are many people in our community

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who are going to work every day making

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sure the rest of us remain safe healthy

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and fed as the worth grapples with the

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uncertainty brought on by Covid-19 the

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word community is more important than

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ever as individuals are finding support

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from their communities these communities

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could be your family your friends your

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religious institutions your school or

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your local barber shop or hair salon the

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Anacostia Community Museum’s mission is

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to amplify the collective power of the

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community currently that collective

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power is the ability to care for and

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comfort each other in this time of need

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we at ACM want to hear the stories of

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how community members are supporting

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each other on a day to day basis it

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could be the story of the young man who

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volunteered to shop for his elderly

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neighbor or the restaurant owner who

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went from feeding the public to feeding

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the suddenly unemployed these actions

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large and small demonstrate moments of

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resilience and our shared capacity to

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make a difference we are asking you to

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share these stories on our website

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Anacostia.si.edu  some of the

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stories will be shared on our social

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media channels while others may become

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part of the museum's collection

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throughout its fifty-three year history

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the Anacostia Community Museum has

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focused on telling the stories of the

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individuals and events of the DC region

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that are usually left out of the history

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books the stories of conflict resilience

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and most importantly community action

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that led to a better future for all when

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all of this is over and we settle into a

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new normal the records will reflect the

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facts and figures related

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to the pandemic the number of lives

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taken the number of jobs lost the number

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of years to create a vaccine it is our

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mission at ACM to make sure we are also

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able to amplify the stories of the

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everyday individuals who helped foster a

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sense of belonging connectedness at

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community during this time of

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uncertainty in our history so on behalf

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of the Anacostia community museum staff

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take care of each other

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and stay safe