“When ‘i’ becomes ‘we’, even illness becomes wellness.”
– Attributed to Malcolm X (1925-1965)

LaNesha DeBardelabenBlack health and wellness – it was the national 2022 Black History Month theme this year. Black wellness is top priority for our lives and livelihood. Without it, we cannot honor our ancestors vibrantly or create an equitable future for our children robustly. Black museums play a vital role in ushering in a focus on Black health. Through exhibitions, programming, partnerships, and more, Black museums are helping our communities to reclaim health and healing.

The Association of African American Museums has been hard at work raising funds, engaging members, advocating for the field, and preparing for the 2022 AAAM Conference with the theme “Renewal. Revival. Remembrance.” Whether you plan to attend in person in Miami or virtually from a distance, we look forward to connecting with you this August 10-12, 2022 during the annual conference.

Let’s keep our eyes on our health and our minds on our collective healing. Black museums are the ideal spaces within communities to do this very work of wellness.


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LaNesha DeBardelaben
President, AAAM Board of Directors

2021 President’s Message


Dear AAAM Members,

The legendary Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune once said: “We must remake the world. The task is nothing less than that.” And truly, we must remake this world, our world, after a year like we’ve had, witnessing what we’ve witnessed, enduring what we’ve survived. The task is nothing less than remaking the world anew with our testimonies, our tenacity, our truth. [ Read More ]
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