We Are Resolute This New Year
We Are Resolute This New Year By: Marco A. Corona, Chief Development Officer of the International African American Museum January 1. This date means so much to us. All of us. This is the day we promise ourselves that we will grow. That we will be better. It is the day we are hopeful and […]
Pay Attention: Imagery Has Always Had Influence
Pay Attention: Imagery Has Always Had Influence The Weaponization of the African Image and a Modern Attempt to Reclaim By: Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, president and CEO of the International African American Museum This is a good time to pay attention. Interesting conversations are happening. We are being reminded that imagery has held power long […]
Couple donates $500,000 to International African American Museum, <br>offers a way forward toward racial justice and equity
The International African American Museum announced today a $500,000 donation from Mary Major and Bill Horton, a couple living 10 miles from Gadsden’s Wharf, the site where more than 40 percent of enslaved Africans arrived in America. The wharf, which was originally built in 1767 in Charleston, S.C., is now home to the museum, which […]
Women’s History Month: Exploring the Green Book of South Carolina
“The Green Book provides an opportunity for us to expand the knowledge of those original sites, the significance of those original sites. And so, one of the other things that we’ve done is we’ve worked with teachers to create lesson plans around the Green Book sites, and they’re included in our teacher’s guide to African […]
The Impact of COVID-19 and Our Community Safety Response
Dear Friend, Like you, we are deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the global community. Times like these require courageous inquiry and creative solutions. As we navigate the uncertainty of this public health dilemma, our highest priority is the health and safety of our community—staff, volunteers, members, museum stakeholders, and […]
Happy 4th of July!
If you have a few minutes, we recommend that you read the Declaration of Independence, whose ratification is what we’re celebrating today. Even if you decide against it, please be safe today and enjoy the company of those around you.
How Can We Make Kwanzaa Lit?
If you’re reading this, I have good news: you’ve made it another year! While it’s tradition to make bold predictions and proclamations about what you want out of 2017, I’ve decided to take a reflective step back. But I’m not interested in digesting the entire year, just the recent holiday season. While speaking with my […]
Is Kanye Okay?: Black Culture’s Relationship With Mental Wellness.
Yesterday I binged watched the entire season of HBO’s newest original show Insecure, created by former YouTube sensation Issa Rae. Spoiler alert: it’s amazing! Near the end of the series, the show cautiously approaches the subject of mental health and wellness. Issa—who works as both the show’s creator and protagonist—suggests to her best friend, Molly, […]
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who may very well be President Obama’s choice to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, has South Carolina connections. Her father, Emmett Rice, was born in Florence, S.C., on Dec. 21, 1919. He attended segregated schools before moving with his family to New York in his teens. Even though he […]