Black Lives Matter
The past few years have caused an awakening in America. The rise of a race-conscious reckoning in the United States has been fueled by the countless murders of African Americans from Elijah McClain to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Say Their Names.
The cleverness of racism in the United States facilitates the faceless and namelessness of the lives snuffed out. The Black community has always known the ever-present racial violence that belied the narrative of a post-racial society. History Colorado, awakened like so many Americans to this injustice and decided to do better. History Colorado strives to make history more inclusive by placing marginalized communities at the forefront and actively identifying and combating white supremacy in all of its forms.
Black History & Cultural Heritage Department
The Black History and Cultural Heritage Department of History Colorado is dedicated to exploring the impact African Americans have had on the American West. Too often the contributions of those identified as African Americans have gone unnoticed, underappreciated, or removed from history all together. By creating educational and engaging content, programs, and exhibits that focus on the Black experience in Colorado the Black History and Cultural Heritage Department aims to inspire wonder in our past and work towards a better future.
Contact the Black History and Cultural Heritage Department for:
- Research related to Black History in Colorado
- Artifact collection & Exhibits
- Digitization of photographs, records, etc.
- Oral histories
Associate Curator of African American History & Cultural Heritage
Dexter Nelson II is the Associate Curator of Black History and Cultural Heritage for History Colorado, formerly known as the Colorado State Historical Society. He is honored to help History Colorado move towards eliminating white supremacy and giving value to stories traditionally ignored or eliminated completely. There is a very real opportunity to both build the current collections representing the various African American experiences in the West as well as to work with both staff and community members to foster equality in all that History Colorado does.
Equity & Engagement Department
The Equity and Engagement Department at History Colorado houses a diverse team where each member focuses on various points of diversity and engagement. For Black communities, the goal of equity and representation are at the forefront. Striving to give a platform for the voices of Black communities to celebrate and educate their histories through co-authorship. The Equity and Engagement department strives to bring awareness and show how community involvement is paramount in creating diverse and holistic storytelling throughout history.
Contact the Equity and Engagement Department for: