African American Traveling Museum Coming to Doane

When Angela Jennings realized her honor student nephew knew little about the history of African Americans, she established a traveling museum devoted to the subject.

Today, the South Carolina native serves as curator of Sankofa: African American Museum on Wheels, which has grown into one of the foremost collections of African American history in the country.

Doane College will bring the traveling museum to the Crete campus for area audiences to enjoy on Feb. 25 (1-7 p.m.) and Feb. 26 (9 a.m. -3 p.m.) in Perry Hall, Perry Campus Center. The museum is one of numerous events honoring Black History month at Doane.

The exhibit is a testament to the contributions African Americans have made to the U.S. and beyond. Its name, Sankofa, reflects the Ghanaian term for using the wisdom of the past to build the future. Portions of the exhibit come from Jennings own travels through the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Africa and Europe. Through art collectibles, memorabilia and historical documents, the museum pays tribute to people and events.

Spanning 1860 to the present, it includes a unique display of inventions by African Americans, a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, Tuskegee Airmen, Africa: a taste of the homeland, and much more.

As part of the exhibit, Jennings shares stories and dramatizations about selected periods and historical figures, to allow the audience to experience both "the pain and pride of the history portrayed."

The event is sponsored by Doane's Multicultural Support Services organization. For more information, contact Director Wilma Jackson at 402.826.8620.

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