While in Washington DC for the Blogging While Brown Conference in July, we got a preview tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (opens Sept. 24). I was pleasantly surprised to see Colorism featured in one of the exhibits! Along with basic information about the African American struggle against anti-black racism, the exhibit highlighted classic works of literature, film, and art that address colorism, including Dark Girls and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. When I consider that Oprah Winfrey had a significant hand in making this museum a reality, it makes perfect sense. She’s been a big supporter of tackling the issue of colorism.
One of the biggest obstacles in this struggle against colorism worldwide has simply been the burden of proof that colorism is a “real” issue. So many people have yet to even acknowledge that it’s a real word! I can’t help but see this documentation of Colorism as part of our historical legacy by one of the most preeminent institutions in the world as a sign of significant progress.
I hope you visit the museum when it opens and get to see all the stunning exhibits and displays in person! You can view more photos from our tour in the galleries below.