“Making a Way Out of No Way” is an expression in the African American community that perfectly describes the power of community. When faced with discrimination, and limited opportunities or resources, community support can make those things possible. Whether it was church congregations or labor organizations, sewing circles or sororities, through intellect, grit, and resilience community makes the impossible possible. Activism, Education, Work, Innovation, Health, Art: these are all rooted in Community.

Collection Objects


Smithsonian American Women book cover.

Smithsonian American Women

Remarkable objects and stories of strength, ingenuity, and vision from the National Collection.

Smithsonian American Women book cover.