Black History Month is February, but there’s no need to wait until then to learn about African American history and culture. On Thursday, September 19, Mount Holyoke will host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum at Blanchard Campus Center from 10 am to 5 pm.
Over the past 20 years, the mobile museum has acquired more than 5,000 original pieces of African American memorabilia dating from slavery to Hip Hop culture. The collection features original documents and artifacts from historic black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States.
Items on display illuminate slavery, the Jim-Crow era, music, sports, civil rights, black power, and popular culture. Prominent pieces include a rare slave bill of sale and documents signed by Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche, Rosa Parks, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Dorothy Height, Alex Haley, and Carter G. Woodson.
Khalid el-Hakim, the museum's founder and curator, says his mission is “to raise the consciousness of the human family by sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans. I want people to walk away as inspired as I've been as a collector and student of this history.”
The exhibit is sponsored at MHC by the Association of Pan-African Unity.