History Under the Surface –The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s partnership with the African Slave Wrecks Project

Museums succeed at telling compelling stories and engaging their local communities in meaningful ways. However, museums have a role in telling their visitors about the research necessary to create blockbuster exhibits and the methodologies used to uncover displayed objects. This “insider” knowledge can inspire future scholars, curators, and archaeologists. The staff of the National Museum […]

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A Revolution Still in the Making: “From Storefront to Monument” Today

Let’s face it: Andrea Burns is right. Her book, From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement, rightfully points out the disenfranchisement of African Americans in museums in the past, and describes the efforts to bring more African Americans to the table. What struck me while reading was the idea […]

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Report to the Public

In Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America, Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton defined Black Power as:   “…a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to begin to define their own goals, to lead […]

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Space and Place

  “‘I like this museum. It’s good to feel you’re part of something. A lot of times I go into different museums and enjoy the items on display but there’s an empty feeling. This place gives you a chance to feel history.’” [1] This quote from From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of […]

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Mother Tongue Monologues

This week’s readings targeted the topic of black feminism. In Blues Legacies and Black Feminism, Angela Davis shows how female blues artists broached topics that were not normally a part of public discussion. They openly referred to taboo topics such as intimate partner violence, rape, and sexuality. This made me wonder how black women are […]

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A Fantastic Journey It Is

“When they confront race and gender stereotypes, black women are standing in a crooked room, and they have to figure out which way is up…It can be hard to stand up straight in a crooked room.” [1]  To combat the world in the crooked room, Black women have used many outlets to raise self-consciousness and […]

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