Caregivers, Patients, students and more learn from mobile museum at Sparrow
LANSING, Mich. - Sparrow hosted a mobile black history museum and welcomed Caregivers, Patients, local students and the public to visit and learn from it today.
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum display featured items from the era of slavery at one end and a signed copy of President Barack Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope, at the other. In between, the tables were covered with patents for new inventions, photographs of civil rights movement leaders and historic magazine covers.
"I just want to shed light on the contributions and achievements of African Americans," said Khalid el-Hakim, curator of the museum and a Michigan native. "A lot of the information you find in the museum, you won't be able to find in the textbooks in the classroom."
el-Hakim has collected of thousands of items over more than 20 years. Hundreds of those items were on display for Sparrow Caregivers, Patients, visitors and the public in the Sparrow Professional Building and at the Sparrow Clinton Hospital.
Jacqueline Thomas-Hall, Sparrow's Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Pastoral Care, said events like this are an important part of Sparrow's diversity efforts. She said the public and students from Lansing's Bingham Elementary School were invited to attend in order to share the experience with the community.
"As we think about our diversity journey, a huge part of our journey is about awareness and education," she said.
For more information, contact Laura Hall at 517.364.2216.