Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD:
This year, let's make Black History Month a time to champion Black Future.
As you know, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture played a pivotal role during the past year, providing important community forums on policing, race, history and the important role that art, scholarship and literature can play to inspire our nation.
Therefore, it is no coincidence that the Schomburg Center is celebrating its newest exhibition, Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters, during Black History Month. The exhibition celebrates culture through the richness of photographs, film, books, music, letters and artwork that have documented the beauty, imagination and enduring legacy of the black experience.
Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter social media campaign, Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters, on display until August 15, is presented by five of our own in-house curators who have assembled an eclectic mix of material culture, art and images. Just as the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 spurred a generation to act and create, Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters serves as a catalyst for those who believe in freedom and cannot rest until the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and so many others help transform the nation yet again.
This is why I am asking you to join me today in pledging that we will tell the true story about the black experience in America. Please click here to sign our Black Life Matters Pledge.
We'll display your name along with the others at the Schomburg Center as a show of solidarity in remembering our past and building a brighter, stronger, more just future for every American.
Without help from supporters like you, it would simply be impossible for us to continue serving as the world's leading research and cultural arts institution dedicated to preserving and teaching our legacy.
We have every right to be outraged about how events have gone during the past year. But to write a new chapter and change the future, we need to be in charge of the story.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD