Diversity as Strength from Around the Field: Commemorating Black History Month 2018
This month we are celebrating Black History Month, along with countless other museums, cities, and cultural organizations across North America. Here's what Joy Bailey-Bryant, Managing Director, US at Lord Cultural Resources had to say:
What a month! The unveiling of the Obama portraits started a global conversation on contemporary art, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea became one of the most diverse winter sports competitions in history, and the movie, Black Panther took over theaters across the world.
It is February, the shortest month, the month of love, and in the US and Canada, a month set aside to celebrate stories of people of African descent. Every month we send out Cultural News, a round-up of stories pertaining to culture across the globe—subscribe here. This month, we celebrate the importance of Black history year-round with a round-up of stories pertaining to people of African descent and encourage you to enjoy the diversity of culture wherever you may be.
— Joy Bailey-Bryant, Managing Director, US at Lord Cultural Resources
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Below is a round-up of some of the most exciting news to commemorate Black History Month 2018:
- "A Postcard View of African American Life", New York Times, February 24, 2018
- "A Historically Diverse Olympics", Christian Science Monitor, February 21, 2018
- Unheard Voices: “WWII Museum's online event to feature 'unheard' voices of the era”, Fox News, February 20, 2018
- Obama Portraits: “Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, Fact and Fiction”, The New York Times, February 12, 2018
- The Most Woke Museum?: “Is Crystal Bridges, in rural Arkansas, the most woke museum in America?”, The Washington Post, February 9, 2018. "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" runs at the museum February 3 to April 23, 2018; read the New York Times' review.
- Black Panther: “The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther”, Time, February 12, 2018
- Documentary: "Tell Them We Are Rising" showcases the importance of historically black colleges to the African American community in both the past and present”, Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2018
- Europe: “Can the First Black Female MP Change Spain’s Perception of Race?”, Ozy, February 9, 2018
- Canadian Exhibitions: “New show returns ROM to African-Canadian issuesand scores a provocative success", Toronto Star, January 28, 2018
- AAMP Residency for Arts and Social Change: African American Museum in Philadelphia