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The Art Of Sharing African American History

Dr. Joanne Martin

On Saturday, the National Museum of African American History and Cultureopens its doors. The Smithsonian museum focuses exclusively on the history, life and culture of African-Americans. While many are anticipating the opening, the concept of sharing the the rich and diverse history of the African-American experience is not new. Dr. Joanne M. Martin has been sharing pieces of African-American history with the public for decades. In 1983, she and her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, founded the The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. The museum features life-size wax figures that show historical and contemporary parts of African American history. 

David Fakunleis a storyteller and fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department and a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins school of Public Health. He studies the mental affects of racism, inequality and oppression on people of color. 

Dr. Martin and David Fakunle join Tom in the studio to discuss the opening of the new museum and their different approaches to sharing and documenting the African-American experience.


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