The DuSable Museum has a phenomenal exhibit called “FREEDOM, RESISTANCE and The Journey Toward Equality.”
As part of the DuSable’s permanent collection, “FREEDOM, RESISTANCE …” is an example of how we’ve come to be the people we are. The artifacts illustrate our journey from slavery, and our progress as a people.
Included are images of President Obama and his family, the most contemporary example of the journey. It exemplifies Black pride. It was less than a decade ago that we cast our votes and proudly elected the first African American president of the United States.
The DuSable Museum highlights our accomplishments through the artistic approach that protest took through the Black Panthers. The Black Panthers were more than just a revolutionary group. It showcases the value of their service to the community.
There are even aspects of the attacks from outside the community, including government attacks, shootouts and the like. It is here that we feel connected to the community in a real sense.
Other artifacts include “colored-only” signs posted above water fountains. Remember there was a time when we weren’t welcome to drink out of the same water fountain as Whites?
There are so many artifacts in such a small space that showcase our progress, it seems instant to some but to those whose hair has been gray for over two decades, it points to the accomplishments and the trials that their eyes and soul have seen. It’s a must see. To experience this exhibit is a reminder that Black lives matter and it commands we move forward and remember exactly what it was to have a movement.