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A small assortment of vintage Freedomways Journals held in the Black Writers Museum archives. Freedomways, "A Quarterly ...
04/02/2021

A small assortment of vintage Freedomways Journals held in the Black Writers Museum archives. Freedomways, "A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement," was the leading Black theoretical, political and cultural journal published during the 1960s through 80s. Freedomways was founded by Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, and W.E.B. DuBois, with Shirley Graham DuBois, wife of DuBois, as the first general editor. It featured essays, poetry, reviews, short stories, and artwork by a host of African American writers, artists, and politicians, including Alice Walker, Paul Robeson, Jacob Lawrence, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett. Swipe for a variety of issues!
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Good Afternoon Instagram! We’re super excited to share an upcoming virtual event that our Executive Director and Curator...
03/19/2021

Good Afternoon Instagram! We’re super excited to share an upcoming virtual event that our Executive Director and Curator, Supreme Divine-Dow, will be facilitating for Temple University’s Core Futures 2021 week long event. Join us Monday, March 22 from 5-6:30 PM on Zoom for a discussion about Black literature, empowerment, and stories of change. Use the link in our bio to register!

Good Afternoon Instagram! We’re super excited to share an upcoming virtual event that our Executive Director and Curator, Supreme Divine-Dow, will be facilitating for Temple University’s Core Futures 2021 week long event. Join us Monday, March 22 from 5-6:30 PM on Zoom for a discussion about Black literature, empowerment, and stories of change. Use the link in our bio to register!

We are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth and recognizing the endless possibilities for the children in our community. They ...
02/04/2021

We are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth and recognizing the endless possibilities for the children in our community. They are the agents of change!
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Education #Children #OurCommunity #Community #Early #Power #Knowledge #BlackHistory #Teach #Learn #TheyMatter

Celebrating one of the most legendary writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, who was born #OTD...
02/01/2021

Celebrating one of the most legendary writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, who was born #OTD in 1902! Fitting way to start off #BlackHistoryMonth. Swipe for the timeless ‘Still Here’ poem by #LangstonHughes.
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Almost a century ago, in 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson envisioned a week where we take the time to learn about the history...
02/01/2021

Almost a century ago, in 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson envisioned a week where we take the time to learn about the history and culture of Black Americans. This vision evolved into #BlackHistoryMonth, which we begin celebrating today, February 1st.
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“In the schools of business administration Negroes are trained exclusively in the psychology and economics of Wall Street and are, therefore, made to despise the opportunities to run ice wagons, push banana carts, and sell peanuts among their own people.” -The Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter G. Woodson
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Reflecting on the transition of elegance and grace. The incredible legacy of Cicely Tyson is one of power and purpose, i...
01/30/2021

Reflecting on the transition of elegance and grace. The incredible legacy of Cicely Tyson is one of power and purpose, in which we are eternally grateful. We honor and celebrate her life today!

Celebrating activist, author + professor, Dr. Angela Davis, born #OTD in 1944! We’re grateful for the work that’s she’s ...
01/26/2021

Celebrating activist, author + professor, Dr. Angela Davis, born #OTD in 1944! We’re grateful for the work that’s she’s done and is still doing. Today we feature her book, “If They Come in the Morning...Voices of Resistance”

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Y. Davis
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Writing is revolutionary, so write your story.....#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Typewriter #Vintage #Writers #Readers...
01/25/2021

Writing is revolutionary, so write your story..
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Typewriter #Vintage #Writers #Readers #BlackWriters #Germantown #Philly #Community #Books #Poetry #Authors #Creators

Black baseball legend, Hall of Famer, Hammering Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greatest players has transitioned at the a...
01/22/2021

Black baseball legend, Hall of Famer, Hammering Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greatest players has transitioned at the age of 86. He started in the Negro Leagues (Indianapolis Clowns), reached over 20 All Star games in the majors and was the first to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Long live #44
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The service that King exemplified was that, of, and for the people. He challenged America to make a choice- Chaos or Com...
01/18/2021

The service that King exemplified was that, of, and for the people. He challenged America to make a choice- Chaos or Community. #MLK
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#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #DayOfService #MLKDay #CivilRights #BelovedCommunity #CorettaScottKing #Nonviolence #BeLove #Justice #Courage #Freedom #Kujichagulia

Prolific author Walter Mosely was born #OTD in 1952! Most noted for his crime fiction, Mr. Mosely has written under many...
01/12/2021

Prolific author Walter Mosely was born #OTD in 1952! Most noted for his crime fiction, Mr. Mosely has written under many other genres such as, science fiction, non-fiction, and young adult fiction. He has also had 3 books adapted into films.
Books featured..
Down the River Unto the Sea (2018)
Trouble Is What I Do (2020)
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Today we celebrate the life and legacy of literary genius, Zora Neale Hurston, born #OTD in 1891! A fitting January 2021...
01/07/2021

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of literary genius, Zora Neale Hurston, born #OTD in 1891! A fitting January 2021 quote if ever we saw one, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer" -Zora Neale Hurston from Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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From our view.. #BlackWritersMuseum #AintNothingButAGThang
01/06/2021

From our view.. #BlackWritersMuseum #AintNothingButAGThang

[#Repost @linette]・・・A few snaps from this morning around the neighborhood. It was so quiet especially in Vernon Park, t...
12/21/2020

[#Repost @linette]
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A few snaps from this morning around the neighborhood. It was so quiet especially in Vernon Park, the squirrels weren’t even out!
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On November 30th, we celebrated the life of Gordon Parks. The supremely gifted photographer, film director, musician, st...
12/01/2020

On November 30th, we celebrated the life of Gordon Parks. The supremely gifted photographer, film director, musician, storyteller, and activist was born #OTD in 1912.
“I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.” -Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks, Self-Portrait, 1941.
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We remember Audre Lorde on the date of her transition. “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we...
11/18/2020

We remember Audre Lorde on the date of her transition. “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.” -Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992)
#AudreLorde in Berlin, 1984. [Photography by Dagmar Schultz]
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“Soon it will be their turn to try and save the world.”...#BlackWritersMuseum #VernonPark #Poets #Authors #Music #Art #C...
11/14/2020

“Soon it will be their turn to try and save the world.”
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If you missed the opportunity to view ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ while it was open, here’s your chance! For ...
11/07/2020

If you missed the opportunity to view ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ while it was open, here’s your chance! For the next 2 Saturdays, November 14th & 21st, our exhibit will remain on view from 12-3PM! Send us an email at [email protected] or call (267) 297-3078 to schedule your appointment.
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Photographer, @theradiant_child beautifully captured pieces from our current exhibit, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televi...
10/28/2020

Photographer, @theradiant_child beautifully captured pieces from our current exhibit, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. This set of photos includes one of our vintage record players that holds Gil’s Debut album, “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox”!
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The hotter than July “Big Clean” up crew stopped by the museum a few weeks ago to say hello! 👋🏽 They’re back at it again...
10/24/2020

The hotter than July “Big Clean” up crew stopped by the museum a few weeks ago to say hello! 👋🏽 They’re back at it again tomorrow morning at 11am to clean the streets of Kensington. Meet them there for the last clean up of the year! See @thebigcleanupphilly for more information.

Black Writers Museum's cover photo
10/17/2020

Black Writers Museum's cover photo

(SWIPE) October 15, 1966 — The Black Panther Party was co-founded by Dr. Huey P. Newton & Bobby Seale in Oakland, CA.Fea...
10/15/2020

(SWIPE) October 15, 1966 — The Black Panther Party was co-founded by Dr. Huey P. Newton & Bobby Seale in Oakland, CA.

Featured are Black Panther Party posters, by Emory Douglass. Emory Douglas joined the BPP in 1967 and served as Minister of Culture, designing artwork that became potent symbols of the movement. Douglas originally helped with the layout of the Black Panthers’ newspaper, and realised that art could enhance their campaigns and reach the masses.
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10/07/2020

It’s not too late! If you haven’t made it to view our latest exhibit, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, there are still appointments spots available. Head over to the link in our bio for more information and to book your tour! 🎞
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Black Writers Museum
10/03/2020

Black Writers Museum

In recognition of the Cliveden House celebrations of the 2020 Revolutionary Germantown Festival, the Black Writers Museum unveils, “THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: A Glimpse Into the Genius of Poet, Jazz, Rap and Blues Man, Gil Scott-Heron. *Due to COVID-19 protocol, we are only allowing a maximum of 3 visitors per tour.* LINK IN BIO to book your reservation!
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Black Writers Museum
09/30/2020

Black Writers Museum

In recognition of the Cliveden House celebrations of the 2020 Revolutionary Germantown Festival, the Black Writers Museu...
09/29/2020

In recognition of the Cliveden House celebrations of the 2020 Revolutionary Germantown Festival, the Black Writers Museum unveils, “THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: A Glimpse Into the Genius of Poet, Jazz, Rap and Blues Man, Gil Scott-Heron. *Due to COVID-19 protocol, we are only allowing a maximum of 3 visitors per tour.* LINK IN BIO to book your reservation!
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#Philadelphia #Philly #Exhibit #GilScottHeron #GSH #Art #Music #History #Historic #Culture #Germantown #PA #PublicMemory #2020 #October #Autumn #Visit #RSVP

Welcome to the Black Writers Museum official instagram page! Here you’ll find day to day activities at the museum, exhib...
09/28/2020

Welcome to the Black Writers Museum official instagram page! Here you’ll find day to day activities at the museum, exhibition updates, and peek into our exclusive archives! Follow us for more 🎞📚
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#Philadelphia #Philly #BlackWritersMuseum #Museum #History #Historic #Germantown #VernonPark #Park #VernonHouse #Exhibition #Autumn #Fall #Season #Home #BWM #PA

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