Telling the African American story to the world
Thursday, September 17, 2020
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT
Museums are a vital cultural force to advance transcultural awareness and understanding. Historian and curator Dr. Damion L. Thomas of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will explore how museums shape the global conversation about Black America and examine the African American presence in sports and its social and geopolitical consequences.
About Damion L. Thomas
Damion L. Thomas is the museum curator of sports for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He earned a PhD in United States history at UCLA. Prior to joining the museum, he was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland — College Park and the University of Illinois — Urbana/Champaign, where he taught courses that focused on sports in U.S. history, sports and U.S. race relations, and sports and Black masculinity. He is the author of Globetrotting: African American Athletes and Cold War Politics (2012).