This article was originally published on BLAC Detroit.

Guess what, folks? It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and brush up on your hip hop history because the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is throwing a Block Party on the National Mall to celebrate 50 years of hip hop! This is the event you’ve been waiting for – a perfect blend of music, culture, and history that’ll have you dancing, laughing, and learning all day long.

Still not convinced? Here are some fab reasons why this event is an absolute must-attend:

1. It’s a Hip Hop History Extravaganza

From its birth in the 1970s to its current global domination, hip hop has a fascinating history that deserves to be celebrated. The NMAAHC has put together a smorgasbord of exhibitions, performances, and workshops that’ll take you on a time-traveling adventure through five decades of hip hop greatness.

2. Get Starstruck by Legendary Performers

Prepare to be dazzled by live performances from some of the most iconic hip hop artists of all time, sharing the stage with the hottest new talent. This is your golden ticket to witness history in the making and maybe even snap a selfie with your favorite artist!


3. Get Your Hands Dirty with Interactive Workshops & Panels

Ever wanted to dive deeper into the world of hip hop? Now’s your chance! The event features a lineup of workshops and panel discussions led by industry experts. Explore hip hop’s impact on art, fashion, and social issues while getting your creative juices flowing. Who knows, you might just discover your inner hip hop star!

4. Make New Friends & Connect with Fellow Hip Hop Lovers

There’s nothing better than bonding with people who share your passions, and the Block Party on the National Mall is the ultimate hip hop playground. Mingle with fellow enthusiasts, network with industry pros, and join a community that celebrates the vibrant history and culture of this influential genre.

5. Show Your Support for the NMAAHC

By joining the Block Party, you’re not just having a blast but also supporting the NMAAHC and its mission to preserve and showcase African American history and culture. Your participation helps the museum continue its vital work and ensures future generations can learn about the incredible contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history.

All of NMAAHC’s Hip-Hop Block Party activities and performances are free, and tickets will be available on the museum’s website in July. Follow the conversation on social media @nmaahc and use the hashtag #NMAAHCHipHop.

So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and join the hip hop celebration of the century at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Block Party on the National Mall. Visit the official event page for more deets and to secure your spot. See you there! ?

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