Naming Opportunities for New ABHM Exhibits & Programs

 

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

 

JOIN OUR $7 MILLION CAMPAIGN

FOR RACIAL REPAIR AND RECONCILIATION

 To join, contact Karen (414-964-1843 or kcoyromano)

 

 

 Places & Programs Naming Opportunities

• (YOUR NAME) Fellowship for Civil Rights: $4 Million

Your tax-deductible gift creates an endowment fund to provide America’s Black Holocaust Museum with sustainable funding in perpetuity for leadership in racial repair and reconciliation.

• (YOUR NAME) Presents Bridging Past & Present: $1.5 Million

Your gift creates a high-tech educational immersion experiences for individuals/groups to include videos, virtual reality, touch screens, and opportunities to record their personal stories.

On Founder’s Day 2016, ABHM presented 3 historic anti-lynching one-act plays to over 500 people from around Greater Milwaukee.

• (YOUR NAME) Bronzeville Community Room: $750,000

This public gathering space will host ABHM’s performances, presentations, and special exhibits. It will also be available for rental by community organizations.

• (YOUR NAME) Presents ABHM’s Virtual Museum: $75,000

The ABHM online museum currently comprises over 3,000 exhibits. Scholars, curators, and student interns add new content every week. Your gift will help modernize, maintain, and grow this unique site.

• (YOUR NAME) Community Admissions Program: $25,000

Your tax-deductible gift supports daily museum admission for eligible individuals and families.

 

Exhibit Naming Opportunities 

• (YOUR NAME) presents Through One City’s Eyes: $50,000

Examines the complexities of how people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives live side by side in separate communities through the lens of the most segregated metropolitan area in the US.

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©1974 Photo courtesy of Tony Freund.

• (YOUR NAME) presents Tribute to Dr. Cameron: $25,000

Illuminates the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. James Cameron, lynching survivor, autodidact, author, civil rights activist, and founder of the America’s Black Holocaust Museum.

• (YOUR NAME) presents The Middle Passage: $50,000

Reveals the realities of the largest forced migration in human history.

• (YOUR NAME) presents Cultures and Communities Before Captivity: $25,000

Displays the rich cultures of African societies leading up to European colonization and enslavement.       

Slave Auction 1855

• (YOUR NAME) presents From the Auction Block: $35,000

Interrogates the realities of the auction block and economics of slavery through an immersive, multi-media experience.

• (YOUR NAME) presents At the Hands of Persons Unknown: $25,000

Looks at one of the most traumatic aspects of African Americans’ post-slavery experience: the 100-year epidemic of lynchings.

• (YOUR NAME) presents We Shall Not Be Moved: $10,000

Tells under-told stories of the Civil Rights struggle and its accomplishments, including Milwaukee’s leadership role and national impact.

• (YOUR NAME) presents And Still We Rise: $10,000

Presents current events that shed light on African Americans’ ongoing challenges and triumphs.

• (YOUR NAME) presents Tools for Survival: $25,000

Celebrates the role music, the arts, and other cultural forms have played in the survival and resilience of the enslaved and their descendants through the centuries.

• (YOUR NAME) presents In This Together: $10,000

Weaves visitors interactively into the vast tapestry of individuals and institutions across the country and around the world working on the exposition of African American history and culture.


 

To discuss your naming opportunity, please contact

Karen Coy-Romano, Campaign Counsel

414-964-1843

kcoyromano (at) sbcglobal.net


 

To contribute to the cause in an another way, please consider these options:

• Click the button below to make an ONLINE DONATION*




• Become a member of our LEGACY BUILDERS SOCIETY.*

Thank you so much!

*ABHM is operated by the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Unrestricted gifts are accepted at all levels and are tax-deductible.

Restoring Black History

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New York Times

logo-nmaahcWith the ringing of a bell and a speech from President Obama, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is to officially open its extraordinary collection to the public on Saturday. But the museum can claim another, equally important achievement: helping resolve the protracted debate about the contributions of black people to American history and, indeed, about whether they had a history worth preserving at all. Those questions were at the heart of the nation’s original debate about whether, and how, black lives matter.

For years, the issue was whether black people were fit to be more than slaves. “Never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration; never see even an elementary trait of painting or sculpture,” Thomas Jefferson wrote. “I advance it, therefore, as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.”…

gww_negroraceinamerica_2_cropIn the 1880s, George Washington Williams, whom the historian John Hope Franklin called “the first serious historian of his race,” published the “History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880”; he confessed that part of his motivation was “to call the attention to the absurd charge that the Negro does not belong to the human family.”

About a decade later, W.E.B. Du Bois became the first black person to earn a Ph.D. (in history) at Harvard, followed by Carter G. Woodson, a founder of Negro History Week, who wanted to make history by writing it. “If a race has no history,” he wrote, “it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Arthur A. Schomburg, the famous bibliophile, posited a solution: “The American Negro must remake his past in order to make his future.” History “must restore what slavery took away.”

Representative Leonidas C. Dyer, a Missouri Republican, introduced legislation to create a monument to black veterans. One hundred years later, the effort he and the veterans began has finally born fruit.

Representative Leonidas C. Dyer, a Missouri Republican, introduced legislation to create a monument to black veterans. One hundred years later, the effort he and the veterans began has finally born fruit.

This mandate to rewrite the status of the race by writing the history of its achievements was too broad to be contained only in books. Public history mattered, too. In 1915, Woodson and several of his friends established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, in part to popularize the study of black history. That same year, black leaders called for a memorial to honor black veterans. And a year later — exactly a century ago — Representative Leonidas C. Dyer, a Missouri Republican, introduced legislation to create a monument in their honor. After decades of resistance, that effort took a giant leap forward in 2003, when Congress passed bipartisan legislation to build the museum that was signed by President George W. Bush.

Some $540 million later, the first black president will open the museum’s doors…We can only imagine the triumph that the pioneers of black history would feel had they lived to see this occasion.

The new NMAAHC repudiates the long and dismal tradition of objectifying black people in museums, as exemplified here by the famous display of the "Venus Hottentot," Saartjie Bartman, in the European freak shows of the 19th century.

The new NMAAHC repudiates the long and dismal tradition of objectifying black people in museums, as exemplified here by the famous display of the “Venus Hottentot,” Saartjie Bartman, in the European freak shows of the 19th century.

More than a museum, the building on the National Mall is a refutation of two and a half centuries of the misuse of history to reinforce a social order in which black people were enslaved, then systematically repressed and denied their rights when freed. It also repudiates the long and dismal tradition of objectifying black people in museums….

[The NMAAHC] reinscribes race at a symbolically central place in American culture, on the National Mall, where we celebrate our collective public histories, ensuring that a mountain of evidence about black contributions to America will be on permanent display. It does this on the same mall shared by those symbols of the founding fathers’ hypocritical slaveholding past, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, which the new museum, brilliantly designed by David Adjaye, complements and also deconstructs.

Read the Gates’ full opinion piece here.

More Breaking News here.