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Traveling black history exhibit to kick off LTU Black History Month observance

Release Date: January 31, 2023

SOUTHFIELD—Part of an award-winning collection of original artifacts of Black memorabilia will be on display Wednesday, Feb. 1 as Lawrence Technological University begins its observance of Black History Month.

The collection on display, “Hip-hop at 50,” marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop culture. Traveling museum founder Khalid El-Hakim stated that the exhibit would trace the evolution of hip-hop through other Black social movements, such as the anti-apartheid movement, the anti-violence movement, the Million Man March, and the election of President Barack Obama.

Khalid el-Hakim is an educator and entrepreneur, as well as founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. Khalid has been called the “Schomburg of the hip-hop generation” because of his passionate commitment to carrying on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement, a reference to the famed historian and activist Arturo Schomburg, 1874-1938, a Puerto Rican of African and German descent who raised awareness of the contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and African Americans made to society. El-Hakim’s innovative work exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces has garnered national and international attention. Most recently, he was named one of the 100 Men of Distinction for 2017 by the highly respected business magazine Black Enterprise. Khalid taught social studies in Detroit for 15 years and earned a PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The mobile museum has been to 41 states and more than 1,000 institutions.

More about the collection is available at www.blackhistorymobilemuseum.com. 

The collection will be on display Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of LTU’s Buell Building, building 5 at www.ltu.edu/map. Ample free parking is available nearby in parking lots C and D.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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