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Ariana Curtis, PhD, ACM curator of Latino studies, is the organizer of the "Revisiting Our Black Mosaic" symposium. Image courtesy of Ariana Curtis.

Media Advisory

The Smithsonian and Woodrow Wilson Center Present the "Revisiting Our Black Mosaic" Symposium

WHAT: The symposium examines the issues raised and the progress since the 1994 Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum's landmark exhibition "Black Mosaic: Community, Race, and Ethnicity among Black Immigrants in Washington, D.C."

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 19
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.:
RSVP to or (202) 633-4876 for media check-in info

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

WHO: Camille Giraud Akeju, director, Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)
Ariana Curtis, curator of Latino studies, ACM, symposium organizer
Portia James, supervisory curator and curator of Black Mosaic, ACM
Blair Ruble, vice president for programs, Woodrow Wilson Center
Audrey Singer, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, symposium keynote speaker
Twenty-six scholars and experts presenting on areas including the African diaspora, African American and Latino studios, urban planning and sustainability, immigration, coalition building, racial justice, labor, gentrification, art and education

"Black Mosaic" was the first documentation/exhibition project to examine the perceptions and realities of race, nationality and ethnicity of Black urban immigrants. It presented the personal stories of African-descendant immigrants from Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean who made their homes in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and challenged conventional notions about African Americans. This symposium bridges past research with current initiatives based on the museum's expanded mission to focus on contemporary urban issues affecting communities broadly.

In six panels, presenters will address changes in the local and national contexts occurring in the 20 years since the exhibition including stark demographic shifts in Washington. Panelists include prominent individuals such as Ginetta E.B. Candelario, Smith College; Bill Fletcher Jr., American Federation of Government Employees; Patricia Foxen, National Council of La Raza; Pedro A. Noguera, New York University and E. Carmen Ramos, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Media Only:
Marcia Baird Burris (202) 633-4876; (202) 320-1735 (cell)

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Note: Interested media should RSVP to the number/email above.