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Difficult Topics in African American History: A Workshop for Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries, and Other Cultural Institutions
January 25 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm$3 – $60
“Engage Your Audiences with Difficult Topics in African American History: A Workshop for Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries, and Other Cultural Institutions”
What is the responsibility of cultural institutions to acknowledge the full scope of our nation’s history by incorporating African American history? What are our challenges in doing this? What can we learn from the work of colleagues in the field?
Through moderated panel discussions, small group break-outs and presentations, participants will be invited to consider these and other questions related to presenting complex issues and difficult information.
At the luncheon, Reverend William Howard will speak on “The Past Is Present.” From his early life in Americus, Georgia to the present, M. William (Bill) Howard, Jr. has sought to apply his faith toward transforming the human condition. He was deeply involved in a wide-range of human rights and anti-colonial campaigns in the US, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. He chaired the NJ Death Penalty Study Commission, which led to the State of NJ becoming the first state in the USA to abolish the death penalty after it was re-authorized by the US Supreme Court in 1976.
(Snow Date January 30, 2019)
This worshop is presented by the Sakofa Collective. In 2017, five New Jersey organizations – 1804 Consultants, Grounds For Sculpture, The New Jersey Historical Society, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, and the William Trent House Museum – formed the Sankofa Collaborative. Its purpose is to help individuals in schools, museums and libraries present, interpret, and discuss African American history.
The Collaborative’s 2017 workshops drew capacity audiences, who later expressed the need and desire for more in-depth examination of African American history.