The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) at this time introduced programming plans for the continuation of its Yr of Excellence & Resilience, a celebration of Black achievement that launched this January. The dynamic, digital and out of doors packages are designed to uplift Black voices and supply alternatives for audiences to creatively interact with Black historical past, artwork, and tradition. Upcoming program highlights embody: a nationwide Juneteenth celebration with museums from throughout the nation; a three-day commemoration of Dr. King’s 1961 go to to Seattle, culminating in a night with Martin Luther King, III; an ongoing lecture collection with descendants of well-known Black People; and the founding of the primary gospel choir ever organized by an African American museum.
“Towards the backdrop of an important social justice reckoning in 50 years and a pandemic, our neighborhood has endured an unlimited quantity over the previous yr,” mentioned LaNesha DeBardelaben, President & CEO of NAAM. “In 2021, we realized how very important it was to be a beacon in our neighborhood, providing packages and occasions that remember historic and modern examples of Black excellence and resiliency. Because the yr continues, we stay up for highlighting Black achievements of regional and nationwide significance and providing solace and therapeutic.”
NAAM kicked off 2021 with a virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day program that includes Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., and signature Black Historical past Month occasions, together with a drive-in film live performance celebrating Black voices in collaboration with Seattle Opera and Black Futures on Black History with NAAM’s Youth Curators (who launched their beautiful animation). In March, we partnered with the Pacific Science Middle for an vital community dialogue with Black doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine and the Black community, hosted the e book launch of That They Lived with Rochelle Riley, and hosted a conversation with A’Lelia Bundles, a descendant of America’s first Black feminine millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker. Most just lately, NAAM hosted a dynamic conversation with Dr. Cornel West for the “It Takes A Village” collection.
This spring, NAAM will launch the African American Cultural Ensemble (ACE), the primary African American choir organized and hosted by an African American museum. ACE goals to encourage hope and therapeutic by way of the Black gospel musical arts. NAAM will current ACE’s first live performance as a part of its digital Juneteenth program.
NAAM will proceed its month-to-month Yr of Excellence & Resilience programming for the rest of 2021.
Might – Celebrating Black Resilience
Annually, NAAM marks the birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, higher often known as Malcolm X, an American Muslim minister and human rights activist in the course of the civil rights motion. This yr’s commemoration features a virtual program with Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, and a Malcolm X-themed Data is Energy e book giveaway on Might 19. NAAM’s celebration culminates with a drive-up movie showing of Spike Lee‘s Malcolm X at The Museum of Flight on Might 22. NAAM’s web site additionally hosts a list of multi-media resources concerning the thoughts and lifetime of this revolutionary chief.
June – Celebrating Black Freedom
This Juneteenth (June 19), NAAM will host an outside Juneteenth Jamboree. The celebration will function family-friendly occasions, together with a Data is Energy e book giveaway, video games and artwork with Seattle Sounders FC, music and dancing with skilled sports activities groups’ mascots, and extra.
NAAM and 9 different African American museums throughout the nation are becoming a member of forces to commemorate the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, a day remembering the emancipation of those that had been enslaved in the US. Taking part establishments embody:
- America’s Black Holocaust Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
- Amistad Analysis Middle at Tulane College (New Orleans, LA)
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Historical past (Detroit, MI)
- California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
- Nationwide Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)
- August Wilson Middle for African American Tradition (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Harvey Gantt Middle for African American Arts + Tradition (Charlotte, NC)
- Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC)
- Nationwide Underground Railroad Freedom Middle (Cincinnati, OH)
- Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA)
You possibly can view final yr’s digital Juneteenth celebration on the #blkfreedom website.
July – Celebrating Black Writers
NAAM will host a digital summer time youth camp in partnership with Hugo Home. The camp will middle the phrases of Black writers and encourage youth grades 5-12 in their very own artistic writing.
August – Celebrating Black Academic Excellence
As Ok-12 college students head again to the classroom, NAAM will assist them put together for a profitable yr of studying and engagement by way of a stuffed backpack giveaway and by providing free children haircuts.
September – Celebrating Black Youth and Black Elders
On September 12, the Museum will accomplice with The Mayor’s Council on African American Elders and AARP to have fun and honor grandparents on Nationwide Grandparents Day.
On September 19, NAAM will have fun the wealthy legacy and heritage of Traditionally Black Schools and Universities. Partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this occasion will convey consideration to HBCUs as premier collegiate choices for native center and highschool college students and their households.
October – Celebrating Unity
On October 7, we are going to just about host our annual Unity Profit. Final yr, because of the assist of people, companies, and foundations, we collectively raised a file $760,000. To increase our work to advance fairness, domesticate instructional empowerment, and have fun Black heritage and the humanities, this yr we’ve got set an formidable stretch purpose of $1 million. To be taught how one can sponsor, donate, and get entangled, click here.
November – Celebrating Dr. King’s Historic Go to to Seattle
In recognition of Dr. King’s 1961 go to to Seattle, NAAM, in collaboration with neighborhood, is organizing a three-day commemoration of this momentous event, which is able to happen November 7-9. The capstone of the celebrations might be a night with Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King, III.
December – Celebrating Black Vacation Custom
As soon as once more, NAAM will host its beloved annual Black Santa occasion, when youngsters can take footage with Santa and participate in seasonal arts and crafts. To shut out the yr, NAAM may also host its annual Kwanzaa celebration, offering a possibility for households and the neighborhood to return collectively to mirror and have fun Nguzo Saba (The Seven Rules of Kwanzaa).
NAAM will proceed internet hosting its acclaimed Descendant Collection, which brings historical past to life by way of conversations with residing descendants of notable African American civil rights figures and activists. In August, Arthur McFarlane II, the great-grandson of W.E.B. Du Bois, co-founder of the NAACP, sociologist, writer, scholar, historian, and civil rights activist will share his childhood recollections and speak about his ancestor’s legacy. In October, the Museum will host the great-great-great grandniece of Harriet Tubman-Tina Martin Wyatt-who will share her household tales concerning the activist, suffragist, and well-known ‘conductor’ of the Underground Railroad.
NAAM may also proceed to host its common, month-to-month, youth literacy packages. The Knowledge is Power Book Giveaway supplies model new books to native Ok-12 youngsters at COVID-safe, family-friendly and school-based youth occasions all through the Puget Sound. These NAAM-curated books showcase the wealthy historical past and tradition of Black People and are predominantly written and illustrated by Black authors and illustrators. Interactive Storytime is hosted on NAAM’s YouTube channel on the second Sunday of every month at 1pm. Households are invited to tune in to read-along as particular friends learn culturally-relevant tales.
All NAAM’s 2021 Yr of Excellence & Resilience programming is at the moment scheduled to happen just about or open air. The closure of NAAM’s bodily house in accordance with public well being tips amid the pandemic has supplied a possibility for us to rethink our customer expertise. Once we do reopen our bodily house, guests can stay up for a vibrantly reimagined museum expertise.
Within the meantime, NAAM continues to serve and interact the neighborhood by way of a sturdy schedule of progressive digital and out of doors exhibitions and packages occurring all through the area, which is detailed on our web site at naamnw.org/events.