Wayne State University to host Black History 101 Mobile Museum on April 12

Thousands of original artifacts depicting Black history in the U.S. will be on display at Wayne State University on April 12. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a renowned collection, will be on campus for a free, one-day exhibit. 

Curated by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a comprehensive exhibit featuring over 10,000 original artifacts. The collection explores the Black experience in America, from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the Civil Rights Movement and hip-hop culture. el-Hakim established the museum over 25 years ago to educate diverse audiences. The exhibits have reached educational institutions, businesses and cultural centers nationwide.

"This interactive exhibit allows us to bring history to life for our students and the wider Detroit community," said Department of Sociology Chair David Merolla. "By encountering these powerful items firsthand, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the Black experience in America."

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be on display from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in WSU's Humanities Commons, located on the 2nd floor of the Undergraduate Library at 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202

In addition to the exhibition, el-Hakim will give a lecture about the collection at noon. Both events are free and open to the public.  

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