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Whitworth to Host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 10, 2019
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Whitworth University will host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The museum is an innovative traveling exhibit depicting African-American memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to current hip-hop culture.

The collection features more than 7,000 rare treasures, including original documents from historic black figures whose contributions helped shape America. Artifacts are included from the slavery era and the civil rights and Black Power movements, in addition to items related to music, sports and popular culture.

Museum founder Khalid el-Hakim has been called the "Schomburg of the hip-hop generation" because of his commitment to carry on the rich tradition of the black museum movement. For more than two decades, he has shared historical artifacts with school systems, communities and universities throughout the nation. El-Hakim is inspired by the great archivists of black culture and history such as Arthur Schomburg, Margaret Burroughs and Charles Wright, as well as by David Pilgrim, his former Ferris State University professor.

The exhibit will be located in the multipurpose room inside the Hixson Union Building (HUB) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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


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