Black History Month may mean different things to different people, but to many Delgado students, this month focuses on African-American achievement, racial injustice, discrimination, and black leaders with the strength to fight for the rights of an oppressed group. Other students think about power and empowerment, unity, improvement and change. Though these students’ opinions are very different; there is one thing they all agree upon. As a country, we still have so much farther to go. To celebrate black history month, The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery presents “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.” The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view January 26 – February 23, 2017.
This exhibition is a good way to open a dialogue about being black in America and where we will go from here.
Students and staff members all over Delgado are celebrating this month and remembering important people in history who gave up their lives for a struggle that would ultimately take centuries to resolve.
The poster exhibition is an opportunity for the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery at Delgado Community College to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, “A Place for All People” highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carlotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope.
The story begins by introducing a picture of Washington’s National Museum of African American Historical building. Although Delgado’s exhibit is made of posters, the Washington exhibit is made of many artifacts used throughout history by influential African-Americans. The posters shown in Delgado’s exhibit display artwork from artists like Kerry James Marshall. The Smithsonian’s artwork presents artwork from artist such as art historian, James Porter; graphic artist and sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett; cartoonist, Romare Bearden and educator/painter, Fredrick C Flemister.
The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is located at 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans, Building 1, third floor. Gallery hours are Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge.
For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377, email@example.com.
Delgado’s SGA is having activities throughout the month of February to celebrate black history. Their activities consist of games, giveaways, talks etc.
SGA Black History Month Dates
- February 15
- February 22
Black History month was created in 1926 by African American Scholar, Carter G Woodson. It began as National Negro Week. In 1972 its name was changed to Black History Week and then again in 1976 but it was extended to include the entire month of February.
Important Black History Facts
- In 1831 the underground Railroad helped slaves to freedom
- In 1865 the post-slavery south act was enacted (this act officially abolished slavery)
- In 1870 the 15th amendment guaranteed that a citizen’s right to vote would not be denied- on account of race, color, or previous conditions of servitude
- In 1909 the NAACP was founded
- On May 17 1954 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the 14th amendment mandate of equal protection of the laws of the United States constitution to any person within the jurisdiction in the case of Brown v. Board of Education.
- In 1957 central high schools integrated. In 1963 Martin Luther King gave his, “I have a dream,” speech.
Stop-in the exhibit here on campus between classes and join in a celebration of black culture and a study of racial oppression through the 21 century. Whether you are black, brown or any color in-between there’s never been a better time to explore the rich cultural history of black culture in America.