June 2017

ABHM has lots of programs this month!

Please scroll down to see ALL our offerings – from the beginning to the end of the month.


Tuesday, June 6th – 6:30-8:00pm

The Hidden History and Impact of Segregation in Milwaukee County

Lecture/Q & A by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot (Oral Historian)

Mr. Jackson reveals how Milwaukee became the most racially segregated metropolitan area in the nation. He examines the role played by national and local policies and social systems that have promoted and maintained this artificial separation between white and black citizens – and other residents of color. Finally, he explains how segregation negatively impacts the economic and social well-being of all the residents of this region.

Shorewood Public Library & Senior Resource Center

3920 N Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211

Free and open to the public


About Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson first volunteered with America’s Black Holocaust Museum in 2002. A year later, he was appointed Head Griot (pronounced GREE-oh) and began training the new griots. By the time the bricks-and-mortar museum closed in June 2008, he had led hundreds of tours.

Reggie became a close friend and protegé of ABHM founder, Dr. James Cameron. Since Cameron’s death in 2006, Reggie has served as an expert on the life of this unsung civil rights hero and lynching survivor. He authored the Afterword of Dr. Cameron’s memoir, A Time of Terror: A Survivors Story, 3rd edition.

After the building closed, Reggie joined a task force of community activists determined to keep Dr. Cameron’s museum and legacy alive. They formed the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation and in 2012 began to operate

ABHM Head Griot Reggie Jackson giving his address accepting the SE WI YWCA’s 2015 Eliminating Racism Award.

America’s Black Holocaust Museum as a “museum without walls.”

Reggie served as the Cameron Legacy Foundation’s first board president until January 2017 and helped establish not only the online museum but also the popular Griots To Go Speakers Bureau.

In his role as ABHM’s Head Griot, Reggie has been a much sought-after speaker on Black Holocaust topics regionally and nationally for over a decade. He presents the untold and seldom-told stories in African-American history at schools, libraries, churches, and businesses – and conducts diversity and race relations training.

Mr. Jackson has also taught Contemporary Social Problems and Introduction to Sociology as an adjunct professor at Concordia University and worked as a special education teacher in Milwaukee middle schools.

He is the 2015 winner of the Eliminating Racism Award from southeast Wisconsin’s YWCA and the 2016 Courageous Love Award from the First Unitarian Society.


Tuesday, June 10th –

What Is Leadership?

Part of a Panel Discussion for Student Convocation, by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot (Oral Historian

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Not open to the public


Tuesday, June 13th – 9:00-10:30am

Segregation and Social Inequality

Lecture/Q & A by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot (Oral Historian

Sponsored by Marquette University: Pastoral Leadership in a Cultural Context

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Not open to the public

This talk is part of an Urban Immersion Summit for early-career pastors from a variety of Christian denominations wanting to develop and use their leadership skills beyond the congregation, to be leaders of leaders within the community, particularly addressing such issues of social injustice.


Wednesday, June 14th – 1:30-3:00pm

Museumizing the Black Holocaust: A Dialogue with America’s Black Holocaust Museum

Workshop by Dr. Fran Kaplan (Coordinator, ABHM Virtual Museum) and Reggie Jackson (ABHM Head Griot)

Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World





Fran Kaplan (L) and Reggie Jackson (R) .

An international conference held at the College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Registration required








Wednesday, June 21st – 7:30-8:30pm

The Hidden Impact of Segregation on Milwaukee County

Lecture/Q & A by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot (Oral Historian

Sponsored by St. John’s on the Lake

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Not open to the public


Saturday, June 24th – 2:00-4:00pm

The Arguments For and Against Slavery

Lecture/Q & A by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot

There will also be a chance for patrons to examine many original documents on this subject from the library’s collection.

Milwaukee Public Library Central Library Rare Books Room, 2nd Floor

814 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI

Free and open to the public




Wednesday, June

28th – 6:30-8:00pm

The Hidden History & Impacts of Segregation in Waukesha Country

Lecture/Q & A by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot

Waukesha Public Library

321 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186

Free and open to the public

Join us for a presentation  that looks at the historical forces that created residential segregation and how they negatively impact our communities currently.

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  1. Luther Hall on May 7, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    My name is Luther Hall and I am a member of Fresh Perspective Art Collective. Fresh Perspective Art Collective is comprised of artists of the African diaspora
    who stage and curate art shows. The Collective actively collaborates with other organizations to increase understanding for all.
    I would like some information on having an exhibition at the Black Holocaust Museum once it has been opened and what is required for doing so.

    Any details you would be able to forward to me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Luther Hall

    • dr_fran on May 7, 2017 at 10:29 PM

      Hi Luther, thanks for your interest in having an exhibition in ABHM’s new museum space. We are not quite ready yet to plan exhibits, but please contact us in July 2017 at info (at) abhmuseum.org so that we can explore this further. Looking forward to connecting with you and the Collective, Dr. Fran

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