01/21/2013 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: Michigan Union Art Lounge (1st floor)
Speaker: Khalid el-Hakim
The Black History 101: Mobile Museum proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech with an exhibit of over 150 rare artifacts that document the Black experience from slavery to the election of President Barack Obama.
A few prominent pieces in the collection’s archives include a rare slave bill of sale and documents signed by Fredrick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche, Rosa Parks, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, Carter G. Woodson and President Obama. The center pieces of the exhibit include rare memorabilia of Angela Davis, one of the MLK Symposium Speakers, rare photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the original program from Dr. King’s 1963 Cobo Hall speech where he first gave the “I Have A Dream” speech.
In 2011, Khalid el-Hakim, the museum’s founder and curator, celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the BH101MM. Inspired by Dr. David Pilgrim, his former Ferris State University professor, el-Hakim stands on the shoulder’s of the great archivist of Black culture and history such as Arthur Schomburg, Dr. Margaret Burroughs and Dr. Charles Wright. Khalid has been called “the Schomburg of the Hip Hop generation.”
“My mission is to raise the consciousness of the human family by sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans,” states Khalid el-Hakim. “I want people to walk away as inspired as I’ve been as a collector and student of this history.”