February 1 - May 4, 2014
The exhibition Race: Are We So Different? brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations.
Interactive exhibit components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays offer visitors to RACE an eye-opening look at its important subject matter.
RACE Exhibit Programs:
i am an icon
The phrase “I Am a Man,” was used on placards carried by the striking Memphis Sanitation Workers in 1968. Its association with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King has made it an iconic symbol throughout the world.
The exhibit will feature an original “I Am A Man” placard picked up on the street on March 29, 1968 after a march. Also shown will be a stark red version of the sign with the word “Memphis” below the four main words printed by Emerson Printing in San Francisco shortly after the assassination of Dr. King and a third placard, carried after the assassination of Dr. King which reads, “Honor King, End Racism.”
Ernest Withers: I Am a Man Portfolio will surround the three posters. The original poem, “I Am A Man,” by Memphian Robert Worsham, believed to be the inspiration for the marchers, will be graphically presented.
Finally, a large painting entitled “IM” by artists Tim Rollins and K.O.S with stark black letters IM over the text of Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man.
In Our Own Backyard
In Our Own Backyard tells the sad but inspiring story of the segregated history of the Pink Palace Museum and the students who staged a nonviolent action which lead to their arrest and trial. Their case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court which issued an opinion that finally opened our Museum equally to all visitors.
The Locker Project will challenge students to consider their own ideas about race and racism.
The Challenge: Students are challenged to create their own original art piece designed for display in a free-standing traditional school locker. The art work should be based on their artistic views of the following questions:
What is race / Racial Justice / What does race mean to you / Racial Equity / Has your life been affected by race / A ‘race' theme of your choice
Explore the concept of race further through these fascinating lectures by preeminent speakers.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 / 5-7pm
Mid-South Racial Past Dr. Beverly Bond, University of Memphis
Thursday, February 20, 2014 / 5-7pm
Mid-South Racial Present Wendi Thomas, Commercial Appeal columnist
Thursday, March 6, 2014 / 5-7pm
Mid-South Racial Future: A Latino Perspective Dr. Pablo Davis, Interfluency
Thursday, March 20, 2014 / 5-7pm
Memphis Race and Religion: Kneel-ins Dr. Stephen Haynes, Rhodes College, with introduction by Dr. Peggy Bodine
Sunday, March 30, 2014 / 3:30-5pm
Race and Jews: Why One Has Nothing To Do With The Other Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Temple Israel
Thursday, April 3, 2014 / 5-7pm
Beyond Race: The “Other” Rachel Shankman, Facing History, Facing Ourselves
Thursday, April 17, 2014 / 5-7pm
Genetics, Race and Medicine Dr. Jim Dalton, GTx
Race: Are We So Different? was developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE is the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.
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