Weekend in Washington D.C.

On March 10-12, 2023, travel to meet us for a fun, educational weekend at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., with fellow Case Western Reserve University alumni and friends. Hosted by the African American Alumni Association. 

Trip Highlights:

Elaine Nichols

Friday, March 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

During an evening reception, we will hear from Elaine Nichols (SAS '80), the supervisory museum curator of Culture in the Office of Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Nichols has played a formative role at the museum, joining seven years before it opened to acclaim and unprecedented visitor lines in 2016. She will share information about her career journey and her experiences at the Smithsonian.




National Museum of African American History & Culture

Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.   

We will meet at the National Museum of African American History and Culture to give you a complimentary ticket for a self-guided tour at your own pace. This museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. In the words of Lonnie Bunch, the Founding Director, “This museum tells the American story through the lens of African American history and culture. This is America’s story and this museum is for all Americans.”



Sunday, March 12, 9-10:30 a.m.

During breakfast, Bettye C. W. Kearse, MD, PhD (MED '79) will share the story behind her multiple award-winning book, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of A President's Black Family. This intimate memoir discloses and embraces a more inclusive and complete American story. Following the discussion, Dr. Kearse will present her interactive TEDx talk, entitled "I AM." 



Space is limited. With the richness of the program being offered, we anticipate this trip will fill up, so be certain to reserve your spot for the events you wish to attend and share this information with those alumni and friends who may be interested in participating.

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Stay in The Know:

Where are the Friday and Sunday events being held?

Where to stay?

  • For your convenience, we have reserved rooms at JW Marriott Washington (1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004) at the discounted rate of $279 a night. If interested, reserve your room by following this link Case Western Reserve University Room Block to book your stay! 

  • If you choose to book at the JW Marriott Washington, the room block offer expires on February 3.

  • You are welcome to reserve overnight rooms at the hotel of your choice. 

Where can I find more information about the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

What is the attire for the weekend?

  • Casual attire is acceptable for all events.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Where can I Read More about Speakers?

Learn More about Elaine Nichols:

Elaine Nichols

Elaine Nichols is the Supervisory Curator of Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the curator responsible for the Museum's collections of dress, fashion, textiles, dolls, toys and games. She has also served as the project curator for the Civil Rights History Project (CRHP), a collaboration with the Library of Congress which collected oral histories of more than 100 grassroots activists, supporters, and national leaders who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s. Prior to coming to the NMAAHC, Nichols worked at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia as a curator of history. She helped to build their collections related to African Americans and women from the Palmetto state. Ms. Nichols has a Master of Art in Public Service Archaeology from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Art in Social Administration and Planning from Case Western Reserve University.


Learn More about Bettye Kearse:


Bettye Kearse is a retired pediatrician and author. She grew up in Northern California and has a Bachelor of Arts in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a PhD in Biology from New York University and an MD from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kearse practiced medicine in Boston, performing well-child care, treating a variety of acute and chronic illnesses, and empowering mothers and fathers to be confident parents. In 1990, she became her family's griotte (a term for village storytellers and historians in West Africa) when her mother brought her the box of family memorabilia. She asked, "Why now?" Her mother answered, "I wanted to give you plenty of time to write the book." The time had come for the story of her African-American family to take its place in recorded history. To write the book, she traveled around the United States and to Ghana, West Africa, and Lagos, Portugal. The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family took some thirty years of research and writing and rewriting. It is both a personal family history and an homage to millions of silenced, invisible African Americans. Continue reading about Dr. Bettye Kearse.

What are CWRU's COVID-19 Guidelines?

  • Individuals attending Case Western Reserve events are expected to be fully vaccinated, including boosters. if eligible. Masks are not required at this time, but we respect the choices of those who elect to wear them. University leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and will adjust health protocols as circumstances warrant.