Opinion: Why African American museums are important in the midst of racial unrest

By: Jada Wright-Greene Dr. Charles H. Wright’s traveling International Afro-American Museum, 1966. Courtesy of the Archives and Research Library of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. I have been thinking and processing the issues that we are facing in our world. These issues are threaded and woven into the fabric of this…

HS Feature: The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture

The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture In 2019, New Orleans native, Gia M. Hamilton became the Executive Director & Chief Curator of the The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture.  As a native of the city, a background in curatorial work, a degree in cultural anthropology…

Heritage Salon Spotlight: Haili Francis

Haili Francis Haili’s professional background as an artist, cultural producer and scholar is synthesized through a confluence of curatorial practice, scholarship and fundraising strategy. Haili’s creativity offers a perspective on philanthropy that is human centered, fresh and innovative. Her core interests are in broadening access to museums through civic engagement and adopting inclusive practices to…

LILLIE CARROLL JACKSON CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum Morgan State University has a jewel that I recently discovered, the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. As always I am estaticed and immediately researched about this historic house museum. Dr. Shana Rochester, Education Coordinator of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum answered five questions about the museum.…

HS Features: California African American Museum

By: Jada Wright-Greene California African American MuseumPhoto Credit: Jada Wright-Greene One of my goals in life is to visit every African American museum in the United States.  July of 2019 I was able to visit the California African American Museum with my family. I even invited some friends to visit the museum on our journey. …

Opinion: Why is Lonnie Bunch’s appointment significant?

By: Jada Wright-Greene Jaclyn Nash / Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch is considered a rockstar (as someone recently said to me) in the museum world with his new appointment. Why is he a rockstar and why is this appointment so significant? Well, for several reasons. In order to help you understand, let me explain a few…

HS Features: Tina Turner Museum

Tina Turner Museum located at Flagg Grove SchoolCredit: West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center We are featuring the Tina Turner Museum located in the Flagg Grove community near Nutbush, Tennessee. Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Executive Director, granted us an interview about the Tina Turner Museum. History & Mission of the Tina Turner Museum The museum is housed in…

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as we all know was an educator, philanthropist, humanitarian and founder of Bethune Cookman University.  She raised money, motivated and inspired many students while she was alive and even today. I spent many hours in her home (Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation- National Historic Landmark) as a student…

Jocelyn Imani shares her museum journey…

“No one, no, nor no one million ones dare deny me God, I go forth along, and stand as ten thousand.” -Maya Angelou, “Our Grandmothers” I bring my whole self to work every day, but I never come alone. I bring everyone I have ever known, young people from around the globe, and all of…

Heritage Salon Spotlight: Omar Eaton-Martínez, M. Ed.

Intern & Fellows Program Manager, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History   You have a very unique family background that was highlighted in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Can you elaborate on your family's history and how it landed in the museum?  Before I was with the Smithsonian, I worked for…