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JCSU earns philanthropy grant
Duke Library to highlight traveling exhibit
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:15 pm
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith University has landed a grant to highlight African American philanthropy.

The James B. Duke Memorial Library received a $96,665 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services African History and Culture to fund a traveling exhibit and public programs as part of a two-year project called “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.” The gift will enable the library and partners to develop an exhibition and programming to be shared with historically black colleges and cultural institutions across the South.

“This grant demonstrates the university’s vision to enjoy strong community relations and strategic partnerships with businesses, corporations and professional organizations,” Duke Library Director and project leader Monika Rhue said in a statement.

Project partners include Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, Bennett College, The Black Benefactors, BlackGivesBack.com, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Foundation for the Mid South, Prairie View A&M University and The Denver Foundation.

The exhibition will illustrate the history of black philanthropy through photography and first-person narratives. JCSU’s library staff will work with Charlotte author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles Thomas and New Generation of African American Philanthropists to design, build and curate the exhibit along with educational and marketing materials. The project will contain original photographs and stories from the book “Giving Back: a Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropy,” a collaboration between Fullwood and Thomas that focuses on stories of ordinary African Americans giving to charity.

"This partnership with JCSU is the fulfillment of a longtime aspiration because influencing the next generation of givers is a priority of our giving circle, New Generation of African American Philanthropists,” Fullwood said. “Our aim has been to use artful photography and storytelling to ignite a movement of conscientious philanthropy by empowering a generation of Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back."
For more information about the exhibition, email Rhue at mrhue@jcsu.edu


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