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We will never die (Goldlink) [Dr. Rob Gore], 2018. Tariku Shiferaw. Courtesy of the artist.

Tariku Shiferaw, We will never die (Goldlink) [Dr. Rob Gore], 2018. Courtesy of the artist.


Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. is an immersive experience—exhibition as installation art. In heralding the achievements of notable African American men from across the decades, Men of Change highlights deep parallels between past and present. Whether physically walking through the exhibition or visiting online, you will encounter a world of men, women, and communities that affirm the power of the African American journey and, ultimately, the American experience. Each category—Storytellers, Myth-Breakers, Fathering, Community, Imagining, Catalysts, and Loving—presents a different view of men we might think we already know. 

Men of Change was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) and made possible through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. Ford Motor Company Fund continues its commitment to supporting the stories of all pockets of American culture. Past collaborations on SITES exhibitions include Freedom’s Sisters; American Sabor: Latinos in US Popular Music, and Our Journeys, Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement. 


[Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets]

February 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021

Location: Outdoor exhibition at 4800 Meade Street, NE, Washington, DC

Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets presents a nation’s story through the profiles of revolutionary African American men and the cultural stories they illuminate. Formerly slated to open in its gallery, the exhibition has been creatively reimaged for outdoor installation in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 Deanwood neighborhood to be accessible to the community as a safer response to Covid-19.

In heralding the contributions of notable African American men from across the decades, Men of Change highlights deep parallels between the past and present. While they made their mark in a variety of disciplines—politics, sports, science, entertainment, business, religion, and more all understood the value of asserting their own agency by owning their own stories.

The Taking it to the Streets version effectively breaks down the physical barriers between the museum and potential new audiences. It creates a striking and uplifting presence on the two-block area in Deanwood anchored by the Deanwood Recreational Center and Ron Brown High School, partners on the exhibition project. The exhibition’s home in Deanwood, and its connection with a school for African American boys striving to become changemakers, amplifies the significance of the experience.

Over the exhibition run, spontaneous projections will take place throughout Ward 8 in Washington, D.C., extending the reach of the exhibition’s impact.

Please check out the ACM’s website for information about upcoming programs, and the Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. website to learn more about the traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Meet the Men of Change:

Dick Gregory
W.E.B Du Bois
John H. Johnson
Alvin Ailey
Carter G. Woodson
August Wilson
LeBron James
Dr. Rob Gore
Charles Hamilton Houston
Ryan Coogler
Kendrick Lamar
Shaka Senghor
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Charles Bolden
Kehinde Wiley
Bayard Rustin
James Baldwin
Romare Bearden
Duke Ellington
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong
Robert F. Smith
Andrew Young
Muhammad Ali/Cleveland Summit
Michael Seibel
Bob Moses

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