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International African American Museum announces special exhibit for opening

Christina Lee Knauss //June 21, 2023//

International African American Museum announces special exhibit for opening

Christina Lee Knauss //June 21, 2023//

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The International African American Museum in Charleston will host “Men of Change: Power. Triumph Truth.” as a special exhibit and a component of the museum’s grand opening.

The exhibition from the Smithsonian Museum presents the history of a nation through the lens of significant and iconic African American men in a historical and cultural landscape. The Ford Motor Company Fund and local sponsor Bank of America made it possible to bring the exhibit to Charleston, according to a news release.

To coincide with the Men of Change exhibit, IAAM will host The Path Forward, a program series weaving together community impact and addressing the three pillars of power, triumph, and truth. Available for viewing from June 27 – August 6, the Men of Change exhibit will offer new generations notable stories of significant African American men, known and unknown leaders, who have or will stand as national icons.

“We’re excited to open IAAM’s doors to not only showcase the incredible breadth of African American history, but to amplify critical pieces of artistic storytelling,” said Tonya Matthews, the museum’s president and CEO. “This exhibit will undoubtedly provoke a sense of renewed curiosity and self-reflection. These ‘men of change’ were among those thoughtful enough to engage in authentic stories of history, politics, art, culture, and activism. That’s exactly what these twenty-five contemporary artists have helped to create in this exhibit we’re proud to host, all the more as we launch.”

Created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Men of Change is made possible through the support of the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford.

 “Ford and the Smithsonian have a shared commitment to honoring people and achievements that reflect America’s diverse culture,” said Mary Culler, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford Fund is proud to bring ‘Men of Change’ to Charleston to help showcase the legacies of African American men who have changed the world for the better.”

To extend the reach of the Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth., several events have been scheduled to engage and interact with the community in conversations exploring the history and relevance of these men and the significance of their stories. More information about these events can be found online.