What's happening at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center? Winter 2020

Winter 2020

  Join us for the 2020
Black History Matters film series 

Experience these thought-provoking films in February during our third annual Black History Matters Film Series. For more information, call 800.752.2603 ext. 0 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/naamcc.

Feb. 1                    1 pm
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO                            

Rating-   PG-13                    Runtime 93 min.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is an examination of racism in America through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished book, REMEMBER THIS HOUSE. Intended as an account of the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., each of whom James Baldwin personally knew.

Special Event-Feb. 8                   1 pm

Rigged (link to film trailer)                                                          
Rating- PG                            Runtime 79 min.
What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of "one person, one vote?" What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in a new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright and shot during the chaotic 2016 election. 

Monique Moore, director of Community Engagement and Initiatives for the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, give opening remarks before the film about voting in Ohio. After the film, we will host a panel discussion with guests: Andrea Cobb, president of League of Women Voters of Dayton, Tom Roberts, president of the Ohio NAACP, and Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio. You will also be able to register to vote and get other information on voting in Ohio. Seating is limited, so arrive early!
Feb. 15                 1 pm
Tell Them We Are Rising: Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Rating NR                            Runtime 82 min.
A haven for Black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries-and path of promise toward the American dream-Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years. For the first time, their story is told.
Feb. 22                 1 pm
Jubilee Singers
Rating NR                             Runtime: 51 min.
In the chaotic decade following the Civil War, a group of young formerly enslaved Blacks from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, set out on a mission to save their financially troubled school by giving concerts. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers were instrumental in widening the knowledge and popularity of African American spiritual music around the world. They broke racial barriers in America and abroad in the late 19th century and entertained kings and queens in Europe.

Current Exhibits:

*Art of SOUL! Juried Art Show-closing     February 29, 2020

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is proud to present a new iteration of our annual juried art show entitled The Art of SOUL! 45 Artists from across the United States and the world are exhibiting 83 pieces of art. The artwork represents themes and perspectives related to the African diaspora and African American culture, history, or environment.  For more information, call 800.752.2603 ext. 0 or go to

*African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory         Now through Sept. 2022
*Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics                   Now through 2022
*What's in Your Attic? Selections from Our Permanent Collections Now through 2022

NAAMCC is open Wed-Sat from 9 am - 4 pm

Upcoming Exhibits 2020

Ohio Diaspora-Artists from the Collection of the National Afro American Museum and Culture Center and Ohio Artists
Feb. 1 – April 11, 2020
Riffe Gallery 
77 S. High St., Vern Riffe Center, Columbus  614.644.6924


The Riffe Gallery, in collaboration with the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) in Wilberforce, Ohio, will highlight the work of 17 visual artists. The artwork is a selection from Ohio living artists represented in the NAAMCC permanent art collection.


Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 – 2 pm
NAAMCC curator Rosa Rojas will lead guests through the
exhibition and discuss her curatorial process.
She will provide the backgrounds and inspirations
of featured works in the show.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 – 4 pm
Experience the engaging work featured in the Riffe
Gallery’s newest exhibition while enjoying live music
by Paisha Thomas and Counterfeit Madison. 

This exhibit and programming is sponsored by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Image Credit: Willis “Bing” Davis, Ancestral Spirit Dance #415, 2009, oil pastel

Other Upcoming 2020 Exhibits
Queens of the Heartland

Opens April 11, 2020 at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

2020 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show

Opens Sept. 12. 2020 at the King Arts Complex, Columbus


NAAMCC Community News
Be a part of planning our future collections
on Sat., Feb. 15


Join us on Sat., February 15 at 1:00 pm for a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center’s (NAAMCC) collections and archives. Before the tour, we are hosting a community forum to discuss the creation of a Collections Survey and Refinement Project designed to build on our recent efforts to preserve the NAAMCC collections and archives better.

NAAMCC is inviting you to provide feedback on our collections survey project. This public roundtable event will allow you and your friends to learn about our extensive collections, and to provide insight and suggestions that will assist in the development of the survey. Questions and suggestions about the survey will be welcome and encouraged.

For over thirty years, the NAAMCC has served the public through innovative programming, popular exhibitions, and the collection and preservation of African American History. The mission statement that guides our collections process is broad: to collect and interpret the African-American experience from Africa to the present. NAAMCC collections include a wide range of materials representing all aspects of Ohio and American Black History. The museum opened in 1988. However, our staff began searching for objects for the collection as early as 1986. During the first decade, the museum faced challenges inherent to sustaining the momentum of a new museum, such as large staff changes, and a significant budget reduction. These challenges resulted in reduced capacity for basic collections management.

The new funding from federal grants is increasing our organizational capacity. Currently, our staff is improving the stewardship of the collection following museum-industry best practices. The three primary goals for the selected collection objects surveyed during the project are:

  • Research objects: create tools and procedures that will capture knowledge through record research, record updates, and interviews with former staff and donors when appropriate
  • Assess objects: to increase the mission relevance of the collection through identification of noteworthy objects, significant collection gaps, and selected deaccession efforts
  • Document objects: increase public and staff accessibly through improved digital catalog records

Please help us on Sat. Feb. 15 by taking this opportunity to influence this important project and to learn more about our collections. Light refreshments will be served. The collections area tours will rotate depending on the number of attendees we have that day. There is no cost for attendance; however advance registration is required. For more information or to register by February 12, call 800.752.2603 ext. 0 or email your RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Become a supporter of $30 for 30 in 2020

For over 30 years, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is the place to learn about African American history and culture! We are not only a resource during Black History Month; we educate all audiences about the great achievements of Black Ohioans and national figures throughout the year.
We are continuing to receive donations, so thank you to all of you who have supported us. We hope you will give $30 or more to the campaign and encourage your family and friends to join you in supporting our mission. Your donations will support our educational programs, collections care, and facilities maintenance.

You can mail your $30 or more contribution to: 
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, P.O. Box 578
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-0578

or call 800.752.2603 ext. 0 to make a credit card donation by phone.  

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