PROGRAM: Legacy of Race

Presented by:
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Current Initiative: Humanities and the Legacy of Race National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Museums Subject: African American/Black, Art/Photography, Cross-Cultural Understanding, Digital Humanities, History, Indigenous Peoples, Latinos, Other, Performing Arts Audience: All

As a response to recent events that led to tensions between black communities and law enforcement authorities, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) launched Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States, a yearlong initiative of programming to foster meaningful dialogues that focus on issues that deal with racial issues that divide communities.

Throughout 2017, the Hawai’i council, in partnership with community stakeholders, will conduct the following public programs, a workshop for teachers, and other events to explore this topic.

Museums: Race, Diversity & Institutional Change

November 4, 2016 – Listen to perspectives on structural racism and diversity from three museum professionals: Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, who reports on her participation on the Western Museum Association panel Museums & Race 2016 and who shares observations from working in the local museum community; Kathy Suter from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; and Kippen de Alba Chu, who will describe efforts by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to provide guidance to museums for implementing structural changes.

13th + Post-Screening Discussion Panel

Feb 12, 2017 – In partnership with Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the NEH, the Hawai’i council will present a free screening of the film 13th, a documentary about the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery. Following the screening, guest speakers Sharla Manley, litigation director at the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, DeMont Conner, prison system activist, and moderator Ciara Lacy, independent filmmaker,  participate in a discussion related to the film.


As pulled from the council’s website.