Community Partners and Visitors
School (partial list)
Argossy University, Sarasota
Bayshore High School
Booker High School
Palmetto High School
Oak Park Elementary
Manatee Technical Institute
SHARE Home School
Lee Middle School
Gulf Coast Marine Institute
Sarasota High School
Manatee Community College
Education, English, History, Reporting, Life Skills, Political Science, International Government
Programs & Departments:
Occupational and Technical Education, African American Student Union, and College Reach Out Program
University of South Florida
Social Services Organizations
Alpha Phi Alpha
Boys & Girls Club, Palmetto
Easter Seals / MARC
Royal Sara-Mana Club, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Kuumba Dance Company
Manatee Heritage Association
Bethesda Outreach Ministries
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Gulf Coast Coalition for Peace & Justice
Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation
Myakka State Park
Junior League of Manatee County
Links, Inc. Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter
Nathari Writer's Guild
Westcoast Black Theater Troupe
Pinellas County African American History Group
Florida Academy of African-American Culture, Sarasota
Association for the Study of African American Life & History
Presentations and Workshops
William Sanders Scarborough Lecture
Manatee Community College (MCC) Alumna Dr. Michelle Valerie Ronnick shared her research on former slave turned scholar William Sanders Scarborough with MCC students, faculty and the public on November 25 and 26, 2008 in the museum. Dr. Ronnick edited and wrote the introduction to the book, "The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926): An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship." The 425-page book is on display in the museum.
On September 20, 2008, the museum served as a venue for a presentation on the Peace Corps and the "MorePeaceCorps" campaign. The campaign is to build support for doubling the number of volunteers serving in countries all over the world by 2011, the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps' founding.
Fred (Kato) Mutebi
This Ugandan artist gave a presentation on his multiple color woodcut prints during the opening reception of his artwork at the museum and MCC's Art Gallery in February 2007. Mr. Mutebi uses his art to tell the worldwide community about the splendor, cultural and socio-political life in Uganda and Africa.
Local storyteller Priscilla Crumel portrayed Mary McLeod Bethune during the closing ceremony of "Many Faces, One Story" Exhibition in November 2006.
A nationally known storyteller, Linda Goss gave a storytelling workshop at the museum in November of 2005.
Dan Schafer of the Florida Humanities Council
Professor Shafer described the fascinating life of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley. A legendary African princess, Anna was sold into slavery as a teenager to the Kingsley Plantation in Florida and eventually became the owner of her own farm and slave workers.
Florida Artist/Storyteller/Quilter Kianga Jinaki Hanif
Kianga Jinaki Hanif introduced some of the quilt designs that were secret codes of the Underground Railroad at a Quilt Workshop during February 2005.
Musician/Storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson
Madafo Llyod Wilson incorporated the "Middle Passage" and other experiences into his presentation on the role the oral tradition played in obtaining freedom of enslaved Africans. Students from Wings Academy of Sarasota were among the participating audience.
Author, Columnist, Marketing Strategist, Advisor & Inspirational Speaker and Workshop Leader
Readings and Book Signings
Nathari Writer's Guild
Four-week session: African American History, Arts and Culture
"It's Story Time"
A four-part series for children: Poetry, stories about Family, Africa and America.
"Travel Through History"
Youth Day Fun Fest - Reenactments, Interactive Exhibits, Presentations
"Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: the Untold Story of Black Pullman Porters"