October 2018 Activities – Movie Viewing

October is National Stamp Collecting Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As part of our Stamp Out Violence Initiative we are collecting new socks to donate to a local shelter.

Also, stamps are being collected to be used in a kids stamp art project. If you would like to donate, please send to NMAAS, P. O. Box 303, Edwardsville, IL 62025 

We are venturing out into more programming and will be hosting a Premiere Movie Viewing to support our goals of encouraging #CommunityConversations and #CommunityCaring. 

The Hate U Give is based on a children’s best seller and encourages reflections on ones actions and beliefs. (Image is subject to copyright)

To reserve a ticket by Eventbrite visit: Tickets

AAAM 2018 – 40th Conference – Hampton, VA – Summary and a few Pictures

It was such an honor to attend the 40th AAAM conference. To be surrounded by people that are so passionate and committed to keeping the legacies and histories of African Americans alive and well was so inspiring.  As a newbie, I had an opportunity to attend some very informative sessions and just listen to the wealth of knowledge that has been attained over the years.  I found the new developments in digital and virtual museums very interesting. Having a “Pop-up” exhibit where 75 people visit is just as necessary as institutions that have a physical space but have very few visitors all month. Finding ways to reach a broader audience is necessary.

Visiting Fort Monroe where the first Africans arrived and were enslaved was very moving and our tour guides really made the experience meaningful.  

The Frederick Douglass plate won in the silent auction will be a nice addition for a tribute to him.  The Hampton University Brass Band gave a rousing welcome to the campus.

It was a pleasure meeting a sorority sister, Dr Synatra Smith, from Prince George’s African American Museum and Jacqueline Dace who I met when we were both at the Missouri History Museum. She is now with the National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati and on the AAAM Board of Directors.

 

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