Traveling Black History 101 Mobile Museum to visit University Park on Feb. 26

February 21, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Martin Luther King Jr Student Committee will be bringing the Black History 101 Mobile Museum to campus, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Khalid el-Hakim is the founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to today's hip-hop culture. Khalid has been called the "Schomburg of the Hip-Hop generation" because of his passionate commitment to carry on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement.  

Khalid has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces. Most recently, he was named one of the 100 Men of Distinction for 2017 by the highly respected business magazineBlack Enterprise.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum has exhibited in 34 states, at over 300 institutions, including colleges/universities, K-12 schools, corporations, libraries, conferences and cultural events, making it one of the most sought-after exhibits of its kind in America. 

In 2013, Khalid published "The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia," a groundbreaking book on the material artifacts of hip-hop culture. He has also worked for over 20 years in the hip-hop industry as a manager/booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets, Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy. Khalid taught social studies in Detroit for 15 years and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Last Updated February 21, 2019