The landscape of Black museums is changing and ever-expanding. The opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has generated much discussion about Black museums and their contribution to society. While the NMAAHC is the first national museum dedicated to interpreting American history through an African American lens, it inherits a legacy of Black museums that have been doing this work for over 100 years.

Dr. Deborah L. Mack will serve as Guest Editor of an upcoming special issue of The Public Historian, a journal of The National Council of Public History (NCPH). The volume will offer readers both a historiography of the founding of Black museums in America, as well as, explorations into contemporary issues and challenges facing black museums in the 21st century— both nationally and throughout the African diaspora.

In the review section of this special volume, we hope to solicit written critiques of exhibitions, books and digital matter that focus on African or African American collections, history or culture. We are particularly interested in offerings in these categories that are ‘digitally’ accessible to the public via institutional websites, YouTube, social media platforms, or through other digital means. To ensure we cast a wide net to learn about existing exhibitions, books, and digital matter that fit our criteria (2015-2017); as well as, works-in-progress aligned with our specifications, we ask colleagues to respond to this call for submissions.

Submissions should not exceed 250 words as they are intended to be brief overviews. Submissions are eligible for acceptance on a rolling basis until January 15, 2018. Please forward all inquiries to imanij@si.edu.


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