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…

Archives & Museum Journey, Danielle Hall

Archives & Museum Journey For as long as I can remember, I have always been passionate about preserving history and cultural legacies, but my journey into the museum, library and archives world began as a graduate student in the History and Museum Studies program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). At the time, I was…

Headragged Generals in the Museum, Aleia Brown

Headragged Generals in the Museum   Alice Walker’s poem Women describes our ancestors as “Headragged Generals,” who “knew what we must know without knowing a page of it themselves.” It reminds me that black women have always been our leaders, and curators of knowledge – even before they had access to museums and libraries, or…