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Visiting Artist: Khalid el-Hakim

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Richmond Center for Visual Arts
room 2008 at 3:30 p.m.

Curator Khalid el-Hakim’s talk will center on the development of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum with a focus on the current exhibit ’68: How Far Have We Come? Using original artifacts from the exhibit, el-Hakim will make present-day connections with the past by inviting the audience to engage in an honest dialogue about the impact of racism and the struggle for social justice in America. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a collection of more than 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to contemporary hip-hop culture.

Khalid el-Hakim is an educator, entrepreneur, founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, el-Hakim has been called the "Schomburg of the Hip-Hop generation" because of his passionate commitment to carry on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement. He has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces and for facilitating discussions of race and social justice by connecting objects of the past with current events. Most recently, el-Hakim was named one of the 100 Men of Distinction for 2017 by the highly-respected business magazine Black Enterprise. El-Hakim taught social studies in Detroit for 15 years and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana).