For Immediate Release

July 22, 2021

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The Association of African American Museums



The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) announces Delfeayo Marsalis, acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer to the #AAAM2021 conference lineup. The conference will be held August 4th through the 6th virtually.


This year’s conference will open with a discussion of the importance of memory at Black museums and historic sites. As a tribute and honor to the ancestors, the ceremony will include a Calling of Names and a celebration of life in the New Orleans second line tradition featuring Delfeayo Marsalis. “We are excited to have Delfeayo Marsalis and we invite everyone to have your umbrella, handkerchief, and footwork ready,” says Executive Director of AAAM, Vedet Coleman-Robinson.


Participants can join us as we honor and remember the lives lost during the pandemic through an African Diaspora-inspired remembrance ceremony. Conference attendees can participate in the ceremony by sharing names and photos on social media using @blackmuseums #AAAMancestors #AAAM2021 #BlackMuseums (view Participation Guide here: )


Registration for the AAAM 43rd annual conference is open.  Registering for “full access” will allow attendees to experience the Opening Ceremony as well as the full conference. Registered participants will gain insight on a variety of topics surrounding the museum field from a range of museum professionals throughout the country with our conference and plenary sessions.


Located in Washington, D.C., AAAM is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focused museums nationally and internationally and the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history, and culture. Established as the single representative and principal voice of the African American museum movement, the Association seeks to strengthen and advocate for institutions and individuals’ interests committed to the preservation of African-derived cultures. AAAM’s services enhance those museums’ ability to serve the needs and interests of persons of African ancestry and those who wish to know more about the art, history, and culture of African-derived cultures.


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