Juneteenth, June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This Juneteenth, explore our video archive that shines a light on issues of race and inequality, with a goal of helping to effect positive change.

MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is a publication committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. The inaugural issue of MFON features more than one hundred women photographers and essays written by women scholars, journalists, and artists. MFON was founded by award winning documentary photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and critically acclaimed, award winning visual artist Adama Delphine Fawundu with the goal of creating awareness of the impact that women photographers of African descent have in the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019

The celebration included conversations, songs, and poetry with Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, and Will Calhoun, and was curated around the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement. What connects all the performers are the strategies of engagements utilized in their life’s work and activism, very much like Dr. King’s.

Never Before Seen: Toshi Reagon Interview

Musician Toshi Reagon talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in the social-justice movement, her rejection of the term “activist”, and how America doesn’t yet deserve a “mushy story.”

Artists in the House: Collecting Art of the African Diaspora

Has the production of art from the African Diaspora moved beyond “Black Art?” What works are most collected by institutions and private collectors? Who determines the intellectual or aesthetic value of a work of art? Watch this recap of a discussion with panelists Danny Simmons, collector, curator, artist, and activist, Eric Edwards, collector of African art and artifacts, and Halima Taha, Ph.D.

Dynamic Conversation: Artists of the African Diaspora

Explore the artistic journey of William Villalongo, Syd Carpenter, both featured in our past exhibition An Essential Presence: The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, and Rigo Peralta, Allentown-based artist whose mural Transcultural was once installed in the Museum’s vestibule. Each talked about their artistic practice while bringing attention to the range of art created by people of the African Diaspora and its importance to American art, culture, and history.

Save the Date: Dynamic Conversation

At the Allentown Art Museum, we believe art is a catalyst that can drive interaction, education, and social change. Join us on July 12 for a live Dynamic Conversation in which we will explore issues of race and inequality in America. We are committed to bringing people together to share perspectives and foster a deeper understanding of one another and the world around us, in order to spark intersectional dialogue, societal reflection, and personal action.

In case you missed it, explore Third Thursday: Raising Voices


Read the Allentown Art Museum’s statement on our commitment to bringing people together to share perspectives and foster a deeper understanding of one another and the world around us at here.