The Why of D+I: An [Afro]futuristic Gaze at Race and Museums

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This last year has seen a number of diversity and inclusion (D&I) related  initiatives in the museum field. These have included, but are not limited to the Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century:Reimagining The Future of Museums workshop at the Smithsonian, the MuseumNext 2015 Conference, and the recent Race and Museums: Transformation and Justice convening. Amidst this growing number of exciting initiatives, the why of D&I might get lost or diluted or coopted. Today, our regular contributor Porchia Moore shares what has motivated her commitment to this work.

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In January of 2016, I was asked to help to organize a convening called Race and Museums: Transformation and Justice. I was drawn to these efforts because I have spent the last 5 years as a PhD Candidate in deep academic scholarship interrogating cultural heritage institutions, mainly museums, employing Critical Race Theory as my…

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