Khalid el-Hakim

Khalid el-Hakim, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Date grant awarded: 2/20/2017

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture, which has been personally collected over the past 26 years by mobile museum founder, Khalid el-Hakim. Beginning as a small private collection, Khalid was inspired to share it publicly after returning from the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in 1995 and having pledged to commit to make a change in the community of Detroit in which he was raised and was teaching social studies at the time.

Since then, Khalid has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces after having visited 26 states, over 100 college campuses, many K-12 schools, religious institutions, libraries, corporations, conferences, and cultural events. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum has received numerous awards, most notably state tributes from Oklahoma (Citation of Recognition, 2016) and Michigan (Special Tribute Proclamation, 2013). The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is often complimented by visitors for its inclusion of engaging content, such as hip hop, that is not usually found in mainstream historical museums. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum challenges, excites, and often disrupts what many people assume a Black history exhibit should be.