Understanding Social Justice

At MMA we believe that in order to create a more inclusive society, and to present history in a more inclusive manner, we must have a larger dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion that goes beyond the culture and history we exhibit. 

The following are links that explain the need for museums to be political, and be a part of the change. 

Museums and Race
This group is dedicated to leading us to an understanding of why museums need to interact with and dissect race in a progressive way.

Center Culture Labs
This group also has a dedication to engaging our culture and our cultural institutions in intersectional, creative, and open conversation about race, racism, and culture. 

Talking about Race Web Portal
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture launched this web portal in order to help both communities of people and individuals. The portal intends to help the users understand the way in which race, racism, and identity shapes our societies and our individual experiences in life. 

Statement from Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch
This statement from the Smithsonian, though short, calls for the need for inclusion and why it is important for institutions to dedicate themselves to change. 

Further Reading

In order to further your understanding of the need for social justice in museum work, we have compiled these resources that might allow you to engage with others on these topics and allow yourself to engage deeper. 

37 Children's Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination (Colours of Us)

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus (JSTOR)

Partners in Action Against Racism (Grand Valley State University)

Have Nonprofit and Philanthropy Become the White Moderate that Dr. King Warned Us About? (Nonprofit AF)


National Landscape Study: DEAI Practices in Museums (Cultural Competence Learning Institute)

Human Rights Resources (Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia)

MASS Action (Museums as a Site for Social Action)

The Case for Empathy (Empathetic Museum)

Museum Hue

Museums are Not Neutral

The Incluseum

Facing Change Initiative (American Alliance of Museums)

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

Code Switch (National Public Radio)

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