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Trip to Salamanca on a three-day weekend!

Salamanca is a city I wouldn’t have thought of visiting if it wasn’t a part of our excursion. Knew nothing about the city before I came, and was blown-away with the beauty of the city and the magnificience of the romanico buildings - catedrals & universidades. It is a city full of college students along with numerous antique buildings that seem to be connecting from past and modern times; living in the history in modern days…. how cool is that :)

Not a well known place for foreign travelers compare to other big cities like Madrid, Barcelona or Seville. But different from those cities, Salamanca has its own history and art that represent its own distinctive culture and I enjoyed sightseeing here. Plus, I would love to go to college here in Salamanca, passing by old, historical places everyday; I probably would end up getting distracted on the way and be late to school…

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Represent: Interactive by Li Sumpter

AACC + MLK Weekend Wrap-Up

Thank you, Philadelphia. The Museum’s 2015 MLK Jr. weekend was the best one yet. The local community affirmed—in record-breaking numbers—just how golden a moment this was for the Museum and American history in the making.

The celebration kicked off Friday night with over 1,700 attendees for the Art After 5 dance party with old-school DJ Rob Base on the wheels of steel. Saturday’s gala fundraiser was a sold-out affair, featuring a lively keynote address from Dr. Richard J. Powell, Dean of the Humanities at Duke University. And what’s better than a fancy Museum party? A party with a purpose. At the gala, Trustee Dr. Constance E. Clayton was honored for her contributions to the Museum, the African American Collections Committee, and Philadelphia. Also, proceeds from the fundraiser were used to support a new fellowship opportunity in Dr. Clayton’s name to advance diversity in the curatorial field.

Over 5,000 people attended Sunday’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Family Day Celebration and Monday’s Pay What You Wish Day of Service programs. Activities were inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and the art of “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” featuring dance performances, art making, and a community talkback called “Conversation of Kings: Black Lives Matter…Let Us Breathe” led by NewCORE’s Rev. Malcolm T. Byrd.

Something magical happens when the stars align.

Director Ava DuVernay’s film “Selma” was released at a time when violence and unrest in Ferguson, New York, Paris, and Nigeria were breaking news. This demonstrates synchronicity hard at work. The timely vision of one filmmaker has made an undeniable impact on the country. The power of the film underscores the power of the people—especially artists and visionaries—to transform the world, one dream at a time. As we watch DuVernay blaze trails for African American filmmakers and female directors, the opening of “Represent” and the Museum’s doors to curators of color feels like part of a greater alignment toward peace, justice, and equality for all across the globe.

 

Thank you, Philadelphia and Museum friends everywhere for getting this journey through the African American collection started on a good foot. March on. Represent.

Stills from Director Ava Duvernay’s Selma (2014) Paramount Pictures