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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” —Martin Luther King Jr., "The Purpose of Education" from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947
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As an educational institution, we strive everyday to live by these words—to not only teach facts, knowledge, and reason, but to create thoughtful citizens who bring good into our community. We’re remembering #MLK today and his ever-important words that remind us our education is only as good as what we choose to do with it. 📚🤲🏿
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📸 (1) Stephen Somerstein. Martin Luther King facing crowd, Montgomery, 1965. Courtesy of the photographer. (2) Martin Luther King Jr. PR 52 Portrait File. New-York Historical Society. #martinlutherkingjr #MLKDay #education #citizenship #nyhscollection


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A pair of Snowy Owls for a chilly New York weekend. 🦉⚡️ Hurry down to the Museum before they fly away! "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" disappears one week from today. Book your tix at the link in bio. #HarryPotterNYHS
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John James Audubon. Snowy Owl (Bubo Scandiacus), Study for Havell Pl. 121
US, 1829. Purchased by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon. New-York Historical Society. #Audubon #owl #Hedwig #snowyowl


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Ah, a simpler time—back before the #BirdBoxChallenge, kids just played Blind Man's Bluff (which is basically tag, but the person who's "It" wears a blindfold). This painting is one among a series of works that early 19th-century New York art collector Luman Reed commissioned to fill the door recesses in his art gallery at his Manhattan townhouse. Calling on artists Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, George Whiting Flagg, and William Sidney Mount, Reed commissioned panels of simple genre subjects, which were to be executed in a free and uncomposed manner.
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Fourteen of the original panel paintings survive, four of which are by Cole and the rest attributed to Durand. Our collection holds seven of the surviving panels by Durand, including this one. The other seven panels are dispersed among private collections and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
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Asher Brown Durand. "Blind man's bluff," 1836. Oil on wood door panel. Gift of Dudley Butler, grandson of Luman Reed. New-York Historical Society, 1940.481. #nyhscollection #blindmansbluff #newyorkart #lumanreed #kids #asherdurand #thomascole #newyorkcitycollector


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Nothing like Central Park in the snow. ❄️🌳❄️ Grab a buddy and get ready for a (possibly?) snowy weekend, New York.
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📸 Irving Browning. (1) Central Park in winter: child and adult holding hands and walking down a snow-covered path. (2) Winter in Central Park, N.Y., horses and carriages in snow. Browning Photograph Collection, 1918-1952 (bulk 1920-1938). New-York Historical Society. #nyhscollection #snow #CentralPark @centralparknyc


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Happy birthday to "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali, born January 17, 1942. 🥊🏆🥊🏆 A devoted father and family man, Ali always had a soft spot for kids and found moments to goof around. Photographed here in 1967 by @thegarden photographer @george.kalinsky, Ali took a break from a workout to banter with a young fan. Kalinsky recalled this young admirer announcing, "I am the greatest for a moment."
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Daughter Rasheda Ali reflected fondly on her father in a special 2017 interview on our History Detectives blog, saying, "...few have the opportunity to witness him as a caring father and a sensitive man who gave us advice about life and purpose. Family was one of the most important factors to my father." 👆Read the full interview at the link in bio.
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📸 George Kalinsky. “Muhammad Ali training at Madison Square Garden,” 1967. #muhammadali #georgekalinsky #otd #GOAT


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When it’s #MuseumSelfieDay and you’re both the selfie *and* the museum. 🤗💙🎾🤳 Beyond thrilled to have the legendary @billiejeanking at the Museum today! Don’t miss our exhibition showcasing her amazing work as both a champion tennis player and a tireless advocate and activist for equal rights. “Billie Jean King: The Road to 75” closes January 27. #BJK75
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#billiejeanking #socialjustice #equalrights #womensrights #lgbtqrights #battleofthesexes #tennis #champion


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Remembering #MLK today. 🙌🏿 On January 16, 1964—one day after his birthday on January 15—Martin Luther King Jr. wrote TIME editor Henry Luce, both to thank him for naming him TIME's Man of the Year and to acknowledge the "the millions of courageous people who have been caught in the gallant spirit of the entire freedom movement."
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Just as important, MLK also made a point of congratulating TIME for featuring so many black professionals throughout the issue, writing: "This image of the Negro is certainly one that many of us like to see carried in the pages of our national periodicals, for it does much to help grind away the granite-like notions that have obtained for so long that the Negro is not able to take his place in all fields of endeavor and that he is lazy, shiftless and without ambition.”
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📸 (1) TIME, January 3, 1964. New York: Time Inc. (2-3) Martin Luther King Jr., Letter to Henry R. Luce. January 16, 1964. New-York Historical Society. #TIME #MLKbirthday #OTD #onthisday #MartinLutherKingJr #civilrights #civilrightsmovement


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Now you can go stargazing at the Museum well into the night. 🌙✨ Did you hear the news? We've added special extended hours for the final week of "Harry Potter: A History of Magic"—including two nights until midnight! 👆Watch the rest of this video at the link in bio to get the full story behind the rare Dunhuang star chart, then visit nyhistory.org/hp to book your late-night tickets to the exhibition. 🚨 But hurry! "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" closes January 27. #HarryPotterNYHS


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On January 10, 1967, Republican Edward W. Brooke III of Massachusetts took his seat in Congress as the first African American elected by popular vote to the U.S. Senate. 🏛👨🏾 But wait—what about #HiramRevels?
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If you're familiar with Congressional history (or you've visited our exhibition "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow"), you might know that Hiram Revels in second pic 🧔🏾👆was the first African American to *serve* in the Senate back in 1870. But at that time, senators were elected by State legislatures. It wasn't until the #17thAmendment passed in 1913 that senators were elected by popular vote. 🗳
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During his time in office, Brooke co-wrote the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which made housing discrimination illegal, and was the first Senate Republication to call for Nixon's resignation following Watergate. #BlackCitizenship #OTD #EdwardBrooke #Senate #blackhistory #amendments #constitutionalhistory


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Hey parents! 🚨 Do you and your family love Harry Potter? You could win two tickets to our Family Benefit Party this Sunday, January 13! ⚡️ But hurry—you must enter the ticket giveaway by 11:59 pm tonight, Thurs, Jan 10! 👆Tap the link in bio to enter. #HarryPotterNYHS


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❤️👩🏻‍🎨 If you love the @whitneymuseum as much as we do, you've got Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to thank, born January 9, 1875. In every way, she was gifted a life of privilege—a Vanderbilt by birth, a Whitney by marriage—and could easily have lived the life of a New York socialite. But Whitney bucked expectation and chose an independent path as a sculptor and arts patron. 🎨 "I pity above all that class of people who have no necessity to work," she wrote. "They have fallen from the world of action and feeling into a state of immobility and unrest . . . the dregs of humanity.”
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She used her resources to support young American artists, many of them women, whose work had been rejected by the traditional art world, creating the Whitney Studio Club to display their work. (👆Theresa Bernstein, who painted this, was a member of the club.)
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In 1931, she founded the beautiful and beloved Whitney Museum of American Art after The Met famously refused her donation of more than 500 works she'd amassed over 25 years, adamant that they did not accept American art. 🖼Determined to give a voice and presence to modern American artists, she founded the Whitney, giving the world a home for some of the most phenomenal and radical American art to date. #wcw
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📸 Theresa Bernstein. "Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's Reception," 1924. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, 1983.58. #TheWhitney #Americanart #OTD #womancrushwednesday #GertrudeVanderbiltWhitney


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In 1866, these shackles were cut from the ankles of 17-year-old Mary Horn. Though the #13thAmendment had declared the end of slavery a year before, Mary's owner still held her captive and restrained her when she tried to run away to meet George, her fiancé. George asked for help from a Union soldier serving as provost marshal, who summoned Mary, removed the chains, and married the two.
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Learn more about #Reconstruction and the legacy of slavery in our exhibition "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow," on view through March 3. #BlackCitizenship
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📸 Slave shackles, 1866. Gift of Mrs. Carroll Beckwith. New-York Historical Society. #JimCrow #slavery #nyhscollection #shackles


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