In October of 2013, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) opened Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. This exhibit, organized and curated by E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art at the SAAM, features the work of 72 Latino American artists from all over the United States, starting from the mid-twentieth century. It […]Read more "Sharing a Complex Narrative with Diverse Audiences:Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art"
America is a land of immigrants, meaning its history includes all of their histories. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is striving to tell these stories that some people would not see as part of the typical “American” history. One such example is their online resource database on Latino history, which includes Collections and […]Read more "Sharing Latino History, One Public Program at a Time"
but so very few make it out of here as human as they came in, they leave wondering what good they are now as they look at their hands so long away from their tools, as they look at themselves, so long gone from their families, so long gone from life itself, so many things […]Read more "Rewriting Chicano Masculine Identity: Expressing Masculinity and Confronting Stereotypes in Chicano Poetry"
There is always something that stirs inside me when I pick up James Baldwin. I find it hard not only to be inspired by him veracious vocabulary and the fiery passion he puts into every sentence. Going into the class room I had anticipated a wide array of discussion topic since The Fire Next Time […]Read more "Reflection: James Balwin and how We View History"
What do you think of when you when think of home? The sights, the smells, or the people most likely. Now imagine leaving your home to move to a place where life seems better, work is easy to find, money is easily made, and everything is better. Only to find out that things are not […]Read more "Absence Makes the Heart Romanticize: Looking at the Idea of Memory in Latin-American Communities."
Students are often taught only one side of American history. This side deals predominantly with the accomplishments of white males and conspicuously ignores the achievements of other groups such as Latinos, African-Americans, women of all races, and members of the LGBTQ community. Leaving out these groups would suggest that they did not play a major […]Read more "Teaching Untold Histories: Filling in the Gaps in America’s Past"
During the 1960s and 1970s numerous groups emerged to advocate for those who typically went underrepresented in American society. One of the most prominent groups to arise during this era was the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican political group who pressed for civil rights, social services, and institutional reforms, primarily in New York City. While […]Read more "“Always More Can Be Done”: Women and the Young Lords"
On first read, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time is already compelling. It’s a harsh, brutally honest look at race relations in 1950s and 1960s America, and highlights many issues that persist to this day. The class discussion, however, added another layer of depth to the book. The work’s historical context, and some fresh perspectives on […]Read more "The Importance of Shaking Our Worldview"
Charles H. Wright took the initiative to create a museum that would cater to the needs of Detroit’s black community in a time of postwar urban renewal programs, racial tension, and economic decline.  His solution was the International Afro-American Museum, better known to Detroit natives as the IAM. Based out of his own apartment, […]Read more "Advance the Struggle!: The Wright Museum and Liberation Film Series"
In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin argues that in changing their situation, African Americans need to accept that “the Negro has been formed by this nation, for better or for worse.”  To Baldwin, accepting this history did not just mean acknowledging its presence but “learning how to use it.” He urged African Americans to […]Read more "“Engaging the ‘Peripheral Edge’” and “Looking Beyond the Periphery”: The Black Museum Movement in the Community and Beyond"