Citadel Professor and former Charleston Mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr., poses at the site of the future International African American Museum (source: The Citadel)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Citadel professor and former Charleston mayor Joeseph P. Riley, Jr. is teaching a new course that is open to the public.
The course is called The Why and the How: The Making of the International African American Museum.
“The museum site is sacred ground. The location was crucial because every day it is painfully evident that America continues to be fractured by our structural defect resulting from the days of enslaved Africans. This fissure exists because we Americans do not know this important part of our country’s history,” Riley said. “The International African American Museum will boldly tell the full story of the enslaved people of America and their evolution to modern day, with Charleston having been a part of almost every chapter. It will also celebrate the beauty, creativity and intelligence of those people in a manner, which in the end, allows the visitor to leave feeling a sense of jubilance and hope.”
The course aims to be as much a study of history learned through the culmination of decades of work by church historians, genealogists and storytellers as it is a business case study of what goes into taking on a major public project of this kind.
The public portions of the class is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the days listed.
Feb. 6 - Black Charleston in slavery and in freedom
Featuring Bernard Powers, Ph.D., co-author of We are Charleston
Bond Hall 165
Feb. 13 - The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the modern African American freedom struggle (Livestreamed on Citadel Facebook page)
Featuring Cleveland Sellers, Ph.D., on his experiences during the Orangeburg Massacre, other civil rights events, and how they compare to contemporary challenges
Holliday Alumni Center
Feb. 20 - Financing the IAAM
Featuring: Pete Selleck, former chairman & president, Michelin North America and Anita Zucker, CEO of The Intertech Group
Bond Hall 165
Mar. 6 - IAAM museum design
Featuring Walter J. Hood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design, University of California at Berkeley and founder, Hood Design Studio and representative, Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners
The Charleston Maritime Center, future IAAM location
Mar. 20 - IAAM Center for Family History
Featuring Toni Carrier, genealogist, Center for Family History, IAAM
Bond Hall 165
Mar. 27 - A look inside the IAAM
Featuring Michael B. Moore, CEO and president, IAAM, and Ralph Appelbaum, Founder, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
The Charleston Maritime Center
Apr. 3 - The International African American Museum and Charleston’s half-century