Museums Take on Issues of Race

Museum professional reflect on the cultural community's response to race issues in the aftermath of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Follow Up on Ferguson aired January 23, 2015, and is available for download now.


Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/30/2015 -- On the January 23rd edition of Museum Life, museum professionals reflected on lessons learned and insights gained to date about the comfort level of our cultural institutions when it comes to discussing difficult subjects such as race, class and gender. Guests including Melanie Adams Managing Director for Community Education and Events for the Missouri History Museum, Samuel W. Black Director of African American Programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center and President of the Association of African American Museums, Gretchen Jennings senior museum professional who blogs about museums and social justice at Museum Commons and Adrianne Russell an up-and-coming star in the museum field who shares her observations about museums at Cabinet of Curiosities. Russell also cohosts a monthly Twitter discussion about museums and race issues #museumsrespondtoferguson. The Museum Life conversation marks an important a moment in time for museums as they strive to maintain their relevance in the 21st century.

"There are some things that only a museum can do to bring a community together," stated Samuel W. Black.

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