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  • 01 Sep 2015 9:35 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for AAAM Members (or those who work at member organizations) in Interpretive Training, in partnership with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at McLeod Plantation Historic Site in Charleston, SC.  The workshop carries National Association for Interpretation Certification.  

    DOWNLOAD the Interpretation Workshop Application HERE.  

    All applications must be received by 5pm EDT October 16, 2015.  

  • 27 Aug 2015 10:23 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Alabama Tourism Department has announced Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., as a 2015 inductee into the Alabama Hall of Fame. Dr. Pijeaux served as an AAAM board member and president (2006-2008) and for nineteen years as President & CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.  In 2010, he was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board, and in 2013 he was appointed to the board of the American Alliance of Museums. A national leader in the field demonstrated by his long-term success as a college instructor, educator and museum administrator. He has received the Reader's Digest American Hero Award, the Smithsonian Institution's Award for Museum Leadership, and the Association of African American Museum's Service and Achievement Award. The Alabama Hall of Fame award and induction ceremony was held in Mobile, Alabama on August 3, 2015. The AAAM board and its members congratulate Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., on his induction, it is well deserved.


  • 26 Aug 2015 9:27 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)
    An overgrowth of sargassum has seized the Caribbean, threatening marine life, coastlines and the tourism industry.  One positive out of the problem: Barbadian entrepreneurs are using the seaweed to make organic fertilizer that some supermarkets are carrying.  

    Read more HERE for the full story.
  • 26 Aug 2015 9:06 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)
    There are a few entrepreneurs living and innovating in the Caribbean with missions we care about.  Their solutions are fighting the effects of climate change successfully, and helping to make the Caribbean a greener place.  

    Read more HERE for the full story.  
  • 19 Aug 2015 12:26 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)


    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea L. Taylor as President and CEO effective September 8, 2015.  Most recently, Taylor served as Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, North America for the Microsoft Corporation, where she managed employee engagement and giving and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and Canada with donors, government entities and community-based organizations. Additionally, she was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Elevate America and Elevate America Veterans technology training programs as well as YouthSpark, an initiative providing education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million youth worldwide.

    Prior to her tenure at Microsoft, she created and led global and national grant programs for the Ford Foundation and the Benton Foundation. She is also a former trustee of the Cleveland Foundation, the Council on Foundations, the Donors Forum of Ohio, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Ms. Foundation for Women and Philanthropy Northwest.

    See the full press release HERE 


  • 31 Jul 2015 9:26 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Civil Rights Museum will hold a public visitation for museum founder and civil rights leader, Judge D'Army Bailey on Friday, July 17, from noon to 6:00PM in the State of Tennessee Gallery. The Museum will remain open during visitation. Its campus flags will fly at half-mast Friday in honour of Judge Bailey.

    See the full press release HERE

  • 16 Jul 2015 8:12 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Civil Rights Museum will hold a public visitation for museum found and civil rights leader, Judge D'Army Bailey on Friday, July 17, from 12pm to 6pm in the State of Tennessee Gallery.  The public is invited to say farewell to the civil rights visionary.  

    See the full press release HERE  

  • 29 Jun 2015 4:10 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has identified 7 historic urban sites that are on 2015's "Most Endangered" List.  


    See link for the FULL list: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/historic-preservation-2015-endangered-buildings-list-annouced

  • 19 Jun 2015 3:12 PM | Auntaneshia Staveloz (Administrator)

    Washington--The National Park Service is again seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for appointment to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission. Appoints to the 15-member federal advisory commission serve terms of four years. Written nominations are being accepted until June 30, 2015. 

    Click for the full National Park Service News Release and the Official Federal Register Notice.

    For more information about submitting nominations, please contact Vicky Gammon at (202) 690-5193 or NACE_Superintendent@nps.gov

  • 18 Jun 2015 11:48 AM | Auntaneshia Staveloz (Administrator)

    Washington, DC June 18, 2015—The Association of African American Museums extends condolences and offers prayer and meditations to the families of victims in the senseless slaying of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.  Emanuel AME is an historic church that lays at the foundation of African American Christian history. Formed in 1816 after a dispute with white congregants over burial grounds of the church, members of African descent formed Emanuel AME. In 1822 Denmark Vesey and thirty-five members of the church planned a slave revolt but were captured and executed. Following their trial the Church was burned to the ground. The present edifice was built in 1891 and has continued to provide religious leadership and be a community beacon in Charleston. Today it is the oldest AME church in the Deep South.

    Emanuel AME is one of many historic Black churches across this nation. They serve not only as houses of worship but also as historic landmarks. We urge all of our member institutions and staff to be proactive in protecting your facilities, staff, members and visitors. Make sure your security protocols are in place and if you do not have security, make sure you communicate with law enforcement. There is a history of assault on African American churches and on other institutions of culture and learning. AAAM members must be diligent in protecting themselves from those who are determined to destroy our institutional expressions of personhood, community and citizenship.

    We ask that you keep the families, friends, and associates of Emanuel AME in your thoughts and prayers.


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National Museum of African American History & Culture Scholarship Program

The SI NMAAHC Scholarship is a merit-based award that covers conference registration and single guest accomodations for 3 nights at a hotel selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Applications must be submitted HERE by 

11:59 EST Monday, September 7, 2015

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