Black History 101 Mobile Museum scheduled for February 21 | News

The Office of Student Life and Diversity is hosting an exhibit during Black History Month that is open to the public.

The event is the Black History 101 Mobile Museum on February 21 in the TVCC Cafeteria conference room on the Athens campus.

The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a lecture and question-and-answer session from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The exhibition is founded by Dr. Khalid El-Hakim, who will travel to Athens to participate in the event according to Audrey Hawkins, Director of Student Life and Diversity.

“My first exhibit at Black History 101 Mobile Museum was upon my appointment as a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education,” Hawkins said.

“The traveling collection, at that time, was on display in New Orleans, Louisiana. It documented the saga of African American history and culture in a way that elicited a visceral reaction for me. I found it emotionally powerful seeing the rare and authentic artifacts that chronicled the difficult journey of African Americans.

The museum is an award-winning collection of over 10,000 original artifacts of black memorabilia dating from the era of the transatlantic slave trade to hip-hop culture.

According to their website, Dr. El-Hakim has been dubbed the “Schomburg of the Hip-Hop Generation” due to his passionate commitment to carrying on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement.

The website says that as the nation’s first traveling black history exhibit, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum has visited 40 states to share “our story” at more than 500 institutions, reaching tens of thousands of visitors. in various spaces including colleges, K-12 schools, businesses. , conferences, libraries, museums, festivals, religious institutions and cultural events.

Dr. Khalid El-Hakim has received national and international attention for his groundbreaking work in exhibiting black history outside of traditional museum spaces.

According to his biography, he recently had the honor of being named a Change Maker for NBC Universal’s Erase the Hate campaign and was one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Men of Distinction for 2017.

In 2013 he published The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia, a groundbreaking book about the material artifacts of hip-hop culture.

Dr. El-Hakim has also worked for over twenty years in the hip hop industry as a manager and/or booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets, Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore and Professor Griff by Public Enemy.

Dr. El-Hakim taught college social studies in Detroit for 15 years and recently founded the Michigan Hip Hop Archive which opened on the campus of Western Michigan University in 2020.

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