Keynote: Voice of The Community: Our Opportunity, Our Obligation
Wednesday, October 18
African American museums have a rich tradition as community institutions, tailoring programming, exhibitions, and even facilities for the involvement of the communities from which they emerged. Juanita Moore, president & CEO of Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, explores this history as a springboard for understanding the opportunity and obligation of a museum to be a voice for its community. The Wright’s yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion is one example of such involvement with, by and for the metropolitan Detroit community.
Juanita Moore, President & CEO
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Juanita Moore is the President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), the largest museum of its kind in the nation. Prior to assuming her current post, she served as Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater located in the 18th & Vine Historic District (Kansas City, MO). Ms. Moore served as founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN). In that capacity, Ms. Moore oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to Memphis, Ms. Moore spent several years planning and subsequently opening the National African American Museum and Cultural Center (Wilberforce, OH). As a senior member of the planning team, she was pivotal in developing a strategy and concept for building a nationally donated collection. Ms. Moore began her career with the Ohio Historical Society, where she served as the first African American curator. She also served as Director of the Kuumba Na Nia Dance and Theatre Company. In 2014, the Association of African American Museums presented Juanita Moore with the Dr. John E. Fleming Award for lifetime achievement.