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Whitworth to host Innovative Black History 101 Mobile Museum in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 11, 2017
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Whitworth University will host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling tabletop exhibit depicting African-American memorabilia spanning slavery to hip hop, on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The mobile museum and its founder and curator, Khalid el-Hakim, will be at the Spokane Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. as part of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day celebration. The museum will also visit Whitworth’s Hixson Union Building (HUB) on Jan. 17, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition, on Jan. 17 Khalid el-Hakim will present two 45-minute lectures in the HUB Multipurpose Room. Lecture times are 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum collection features more than 5,000 rare treasures, including original documents from historic black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States, and the "3 Ms" exhibit, which examines Martin Luther King, Jr., Motown and Michael Jackson. Artifacts in this unparalleled mobile collection include items from the eras of slavery and Jim Crow, as well as from music, sports, the civil rights and black power eras, and popular culture. For additional information, visit

For more than two decades, Khalid el-Hakim has shared historical artifacts with school systems, communities, colleges and universities throughout the nation. Inspired by David Pilgrim, his former Ferris State University professor, el-Hakim stands on the shoulders of the great archivists of black culture and history such as Arthur Schomburg, Margaret Burroughs and Charles Wright.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Shawn L. Washington, director of student diversity, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4330 or

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