Students at all Columbia Public Schools (CPS) middle and high schools are exploring original Black history memorabilia, thanks to a grant from the Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF).
The Foundation’s $17,700 grant brought the Black History 101 Mobile Museum to each CPS middle and high school for a day throughout two weeks in March. Founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award-winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. The grant allows students to examine primary sources firsthand and includes teacher training on how to utilize and teach about these resources.
The museum exhibit is open to all 6th to 12th grade students, who will tour as part of their social studies classes. “To participate in the Black History 101 Mobile Museum exhibit, and to learn from Khalid, is one of the most impactful and educational opportunities I have had the great fortune to experience—and, it is an experience I will continue to share with educators and students,” said Lindsey Troutman, CPS coordinator of K-12 social studies. “I am so thankful, and grateful, for the support of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation in making this experience a possibility for CPS students and teachers.”
The grant will culminate in a CPS 7th grade trip to the African American Heritage Trail and educational experience that will take place in April.
“The Columbia Public Schools Foundation is proud to provide this unique mobile museum experience to our students,” said Cindy Mustard, CPSF board president. “Students have the opportunity to examine and explore history firsthand and make important connections to our community.”
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum has visited 40 states and over 500 institutions reaching tens of thousands of visitors in diverse spaces including colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, conferences, libraries, museums, festivals, religious institutions and cultural events. More information on the museum can be found at https://www.blackhistorymobilemuseum.com/.
The Columbia Public Schools Foundation is a private foundation established by community volunteers dedicated to the enrichment of public education through community giving. The Foundation has funded projects in every school, allocating more than $1.2 million to enhance education in the Columbia Public Schools. CPSF was founded in 1996 and has supported teachers and students for more than 24 years.