Meet AAMLO’s New Curator

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Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson. Photo courtesy Oakland Public Library.

Members of the community were invited to meet the new chief curator of Oakland’s African American Museum & Library on July 20.

Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson actually began liis tenure in May and is very interested in sharing new initiatives in progress and learning from the community regarding AAM- LO’s growth.

“I was excited when thinking about relocating to Oakland, a city so rich in î history of Black people building communities and shaping a culture of activism,” Demerson said in a statement.

“Certainly I hope that AAMLO through its continued development of exhibitions, expansion of archival collections, and acquisition of books — will east in relief the many local stories that are part of the national narratives of our quest for freedom, social justice and equality.”

The meet-and-greet took place at AAMLO, at 559 14th St., Oakland, CA P4612 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discoveiy, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and fixture generations.

Current exhibits recall the life of Ruth Beckford, a dancer, poet and cultural activist who passed away in May of this year and Men of Valor, clay portraits of Marcus Garvey, Malcohn X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama by sculptor Lawrence Buford.

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