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Save the Date !

After our inaugural BlackInNHMs week in 2021 our 2022 event is scheduled to start on October 16th. Please be on the lookout for details including, activities, volunteer opportunities, and much more in the coming months.

About Black in Natural History Museums Week

Given the history of natural history museums and the commitment of many museums to diversify their audiences as well as their staff and faculty, we love featuring various museums and professionals for this initiative each year. During this week celebrated annually, we hope to inspire many Black professionals to reimagine their relationship with the biodiversity of our planet, while highlighting career opportunities in museums and related fields.

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Get Involved in our Biodiversity Collection

Join us on iNaturalist to see the biodiversity collection we gathered during our annual five-day, global blitz (BioBlitz, GeoBlitz, PaleoBlitz). 

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Check Out All the 2021 Events

Sunday, October 17

Black in Natural History Museums Roll Call

We kicked off the week, highlighting Black people in NHM and discussing the history of museums through the perspective of Black people. 

 

This event addressed what it means to be Black in Natural History Museums (NHMs) and served to introduce our community members to the broader scientific community and the general public. This also highlighted the various careers available in NHMs.

Search #BlackInNHMs #RollCall to check out what happened! 

Wednesday, October 20

The Colonial Legacy of Natural History

On this day, we confronted the colonial legacy of natural history collecting in order to reclaim and redefine this space. 

#BlackNaturalHistory

 

We examined the legacy of NHMs, the hidden figures contributing to biodiversity knowledge and collections, and the connections to colonialist and imperialist practice as related to Black peoples.

Check out this panel discussion we had on this topic: 

Monday, October 18

Behind the Scenes in Natural History Museums

This event looked at NHMs as libraries of life and highlighted the specimens, artifacts, and objects that have contributed to our basic understanding of life on earth. We also illustrated the creative and innovative research that is possible because of these invaluable specimens.

Take a peek behind the scenes at the day-to-day of a museum professional. 

Search #BINHMBehindTheScenes #BINHMSearchYourMuseum to check out what happened! 

Thursday, October 21

Exploring

Digitization

We explored digitization in collections and its potential to increase access.

#DigiData

Digitization has been noted as a major component to making collections more accessible. This notion was explored through several lenses, including leveraging imaging technology to mitigate neo-colonialism.

Check out this panel discussion we had on this topic:

Tuesday, October 19

Biodiversity of Our

Backyards

This event encouraged participants and future NHM professionals to directly engage in biodiversity collection with us.

 

We communicated the importance of documenting biodiversity, past and present, and the possible careers in biodiversity research. We explored biodiversity in our backyards. 

Search #BlackInBiodiversity #LibrariesofLife to check out what happened! 

Friday, October 22

Black in Natural History

Role Models

We highlighted and helped you connect with role models and mentors who look like you in the NHM community.

There are very few Black curators and museum professionals in NHMs, thus the power of visibility and the importance of identifying role models/mentors was explored here as a luxury often unavailable to aspiring Black scientists in this field.

Search #BlackInNHMRoleModels to check out what happened! 

Saturday, October 23

Black In Natural History Homecoming

We recapped the diversity of topics we have explored in NHMs, including local biodiversity captured, various careers, types of research etc.

 

We reminisced together about the knowledge shared and relationships built throughout the week.

Search #BlackInNHMHomecoming 

to check out what happened! 

Brought to you by our team:

Adania Flemming, Alnycea Blackwell, Hank Bart, Janet Buckner, Nicole Cannarozzi, Sorilis Ruiz-Escobar, Jessica Ware, Lisa White, Miranda Lowe, Phillip Skipwith, Michael Franklin, Scott Edwards, Aaron Woodruff, Nick Martinez, Brianna Mims, Hadeel Saad, and Melissa Kemp

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