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Using History to Build Community: Recognition and Results



Institute of Museum and Library Services
2005 National Award for Museum Service, federal government’s highest honor for museums, presented by First Lady Laura Bush at a White House Ceremony

American Association of Museums
2005 and 2010 Excellence in Exhibition Awards for COURAGE and Changing Places, respectively

American Association for State and Local History
2005 and 2006 Award of Merit for COURAGE and Purses, Platforms & Power, respectively


At the request of the U.S. State Department, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, incorporated portions of COURAGE with elements of the Smithsonian’s Brown v. Board of Education exhibit to create a new exhibit Separate is not Equal that was displayed in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Underwritten by a $500,000 grant from Bank of America Foundation, COURAGE traveled from 2008-2010 making stops at Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York City Public Library, and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. While at the Schomburg, the COURAGE exhibit served as the inspiration for the Fourth Child Policy Forum presented by the Children’s Studies Center of the City University of New York.

In partnership with the Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Museum is creating a new exhibition to open in Fall 2015 about the Latino experience in the southeastern U.S.

The Museum has become a valuable educational resource for youth and adults alike.  More than 100,000 K-12 students have benefited from Museum experiences since 2001.  Hundreds of teachers have taken advantage of professional development opportunities.  Area colleges routinely partner with the Museum each year.  Staff historian, Brenda Tindal, delivers 40+ presentations throughout the year to numerous groups including Teach for America teachers, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, elected officials and college classes.

Innovative dialogues for adults and teens are offered in conjunction with the permanent exhibition and all major changing exhibits.  Speaking of Change dialogues were shown to have changed participants’ thinking about immigration, cultural change and diversity.  UNC Charlotte professors have shared findings at national academic conferences on how Levine Museum is shaping receptivity and integration in an emerging immigrant gateway.

COURAGE is permanently installed in the James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University.

Annual Onsite Visitation - 50,000+                                        Annual Offsite Outreach - 100,000+