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January 23rd 2015: Following Up on Ferguson

In December a number of museum bloggers issued a joint statement calling for museums to address cultural and racial issues that were brought into sharp focus after tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around the country. A mediated Twitter conversation #museumsrespondtoferguson followed and offered a snapshot of how museums were—and were not—responding. This week a group of us will reflect on what these responses reveal about the museum community and the ability of cultural institutions to respond to social justice issues. My guests this week include Melanie Adams, Samuel W.

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Melanie Adams

Melanie Adams is the Managing Director for Community Education and Events for the Missouri History Museum. Melanie has spearheaded programming at the Missouri History Society since the Ferguson shooting, including a town meeting held last August soon after the shooting.
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Samuel W. Black

Samuel W. Black is the Director of African American Programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center and President of the Association of African American Museums.
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Gretchen Jennings

Gretchen Jennings is a museum educator, administrator, and exhibition project director who worked at the Smithsonian for almost 15 years. She is one of the bloggers that signed the joint statement on Ferguson and is an unflagging advocate for museums as agents of social justice.
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Adrianne Russell

Adrianne Russell is a museum professional, writer and blogger. She was one of the bloggers who signed the joint statement on Ferguson and co-hosted the Twitter conversation #museumsrespondtoferguson.
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