Freedom Sounds—Framing the Story of African American Identity, Music and Culture in a National Museum

Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00pm

101 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri

Freedom Sounds flyer

This presentation will explore the creation of the NMAAHC, its various exhibitions including Musical Crossroads, and will highlight the processes of research, design, object procurement and installment from a curator’s perspective.  Specifying the museum’s unique features and key acquisitions, this presentation will discuss how the complex, dynamic and global story of African American identity, history and culture is told to a national audience.   

Kevin Strait

Kevin Strait is a museum curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Since 2010, he has worked in the museum’s Office of Curatorial Affairs on the research, development and acquisition of objects for several of the museum’s permanent exhibitions.  Kevin is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his Ph.D. in American Studies at the George Washington University.