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Ways to Support ABHM?

Please join us each week during Black History Month for a series of FREE virtual conversations and programs to celebrate Black History as an integral part of American history.

Register here for all programs that interest you. The appropriate links and reminders will be emailed to you ahead of each event.

Overview of Events:

Feb. 1 – Kick-Off Panel Discussion

Feb. 1 – 7 – Colectivo Coffee sells new blend to honor Black History Month: The Griot.

Feb. 10 – Meet Judge Derek C. Mosley

Feb. 14-20 – Sneak a Peek at the New Museum’s Exhibits (watch video below)

Feb. 25 – Book Club – A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story by Dr. James Cameron

Scroll down to see details of each program:

Kick-Off Panel – February 1st, 12:00–1:00pm

The month kicks off with a panel discussion plus Q&A with ABHM staff and moderated by the Effective Communication Coach, Denise Thomas.

Register for this free program here.

(While this event is free of charge, donations to support our mission are gratefully accepted here.)

Panelists (L to R): President & CEO, Dr. Robert M. Davis; Resident Historian, Dr. Robert Smith; Operations Manager, Cydney Key; and Executive Consultant, Brad Pruitt 
Moderated by Denise Thomas

Meet Judge Derek C. Mosley – February 10th,
12:00 – 1:00 PM

The celebration continues with an interview and Q&A with Judge Derek C. Mosley by ABHM President and CEO Dr. Robert M. Davis.

Judge Derek C. Mosley

Judge Mosley annually curates stories about remarkable events and figures in Black History and shares them on his influential social media platforms. Hear what motivates him, what he has learned, and what he hopes to accomplish with this work. This is also an opportunity to hear about the museum.

Register for this free program here.

(While this event is free of charge, donations to support our mission are gratefully accepted here.)

Sneak a Peek at the New ABHM Physical Museum!

Dr. Robert “Bert” Davis, ABHM’s President/CEO and Dr. Robert Smith, our Resident Historian give you a quick tour of exhibits covering over 400 years of history.

The original physical museum opened in 1988 and was shut down in 2006. Its reopening in a beautiful new facility has been years in the making. Temporarily closed again due to the coronavirus pandemic, and until it is again safe for visitors, this video gives you a glimpse of what you’ll be able to experience once we can welcome you inside.

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Join us for a virtual sneak peek at the new exhibits at ABHM’s new facility!

Join ABHM’s Book Club Featuring A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story by Dr. James Cameron – February 25th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Join us for our first ABHM Book Club of 2021 as we celebrate the February 25th birthday of ABHM founder, the late Dr. James Cameron. Dr. Cameron was an avid reader and an inspiring writer and educator. In this remarkable memoir, he recounts his experience surviving a lynching in 1930 when he was just 16 years old. 

Book Club participants will need to procure their own copies of A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story. Please check for the book locally at Boswell Books, at your nearest library branch, or online at and

Register for this free program here.

(While this event is free of charge, donations to support our mission are gratefully accepted here.)

Partnership with Colectivo Coffee

ABHM is grateful to partner with Colectivo Coffee. Colectivo is proud to introduce a new coffee blend to honor Black History Month: The Griot. This blend celebrates the West African traditions of oral historians who have shared the past and present through music, poetry, and storytelling. This combination of coffees offers notes of peach, date, and light-bodied red wine with a balanced honey sweetness.

Available for purchase at Colectivo February 1st through the 7th.

$1 per bag will help advance ABHM’s vision for a society that remembers its past in order to shape a better future – a nation undivided by race where every person matters equally.

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Comments Are Welcome

Note: We moderate submissions in order to create a space for meaningful dialogue, a space where museum visitors – adults and youth –– can exchange informed, thoughtful, and relevant comments that add value to our exhibits.

Racial slurs, personal attacks, obscenity, profanity, and SHOUTING do not meet the above standard. Such comments are posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotions, impersonations, and incoherent comments likewise fail to meet our goals, so will not be posted. Submissions longer than 120 words will be shortened.

See our full Comments Policy here.


  1. Carol Surges on February 2, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee is interested in having a virtual tour – scheduled for April. (Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time to promote the February virtual tour within our membership.)

    Please let me know what we need to do to have this happen.

    Appreciate your understanding and assistance.

    • dr_fran on February 9, 2021 at 11:09 AM

      I have forwarded your request to the right person at ABHM. To connect with the museum for this kind of activity, please do not put requests in the Comments section, but contact The Comments section is reserved for visitors to react to what they see in the exhibit on a particular page, and Comments are moderated only every few days so requests may not be seen in a timely manner or by the appropriate staff member. Thanks!

  2. Cathy on February 2, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    How do I get the coffee

    • dr_fran on February 9, 2021 at 11:05 AM

      Thanks for asking. You order it online from a Colectivo Coffee store in Milwaukee.

  3. KATHLEEN MAGUIRE on February 2, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Does the ABHM have plans to lead a book discussion of Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, “Caste”? Thank you for considering this idea.

  4. Green on March 28, 2021 at 5:26 AM


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