BIG RAPIDS – Khalid el-Hakim has been getting a lot of attention for his efforts to spread knowledge of Black history and experience through his traveling exhibit of African-American cultural artifacts.
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will make a pit stop at Ferris Oct. 15 through 17 and be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Whitney Young Room.
el-Hakim was inspired by Ferris professor of Sociology (and now Ferris' Chief Diversity Officer) David Pilgrim, who founded the University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.
"I would like to use the mobile museum to offer the community an opportunity to see rare material artifacts that celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans," says el-Hakim. "Being a public school teacher for the past 14 years, I have seen first-hand that many history textbooks only focus on African American contributions and experiences in slavery and the Civil Rights era. So, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum helps to fill in some of those huge historical gaps."
The refurbished museum had its debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit this past April. The museum was also at the Heidelberg Project on the east side of Detroit once a week this past summer. One of the museum's exhibits was featured at the Malcolm X Celebration in Malcolm's hometown of Omaha, Neb., May 16, and returned on Aug. 16 for the Black August celebration headlined by the hip hop group Dead Prez and Mos Def.
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