When it comes to representing and collecting images and stories of black people, most museums have a long way to go. But while the collection and the exhibitions are important ways to demonstrate the presence of black people in art, history, and science, is this enough? Black people and people of color are under-represented as visitors to museums. As museums throughout the world re-evaluate their roles as active agents of social transformation, as learning institutions, and as public spaces for engagement, how are they ensuring that black people not only feel represented and welcome, but feel compelled to go to and engage with them? Can museums transcend past racism in their collecting and exhibiting practices to create non-racialized spaces for dialogue and encounter? How can public programming and new technologies and spaces (mobile, space) serve to create ways for all members of the public to engage with their resources?

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