The Kuumba Award goes to Delbert Richardson for his National Award-Winning American History Traveling Museum!! Over the past 20 plus years, he has taken care to not only collect these historical artifacts but to present them in a meaningful way that allows the audience to participate in 3D. Students from a very young age to adults are able to connect with the many pieces of history that never make it to the history books in our schools--They connect in the present.
Kuumba (Creativity) means to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. This sometimes means making lovely things, like art, music or architecture, but not in this case. Here and now, Kuumba is the creativity to speak of some beautiful and awful things simultaneously and to do it in such a way that brings weightlessness and life. Delbert Richardson's Unspoken Truths exhibit is powerful and liberating. After all, what sets you free is not just the truth, but rather the truth that you know.
Thank you, Delbert, for your commitment and faithfulness over the years. The world is more beautiful because of your work--because of you!
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*Check out this short feature on the American History Museum by Crosscut.
- 2013 National Campus Compact Newman Fellows Award
- 2017 National Education Association (NEA) Carter G. Woodson Memorial Human & Civil Rights Award
- 2019 City of Seattle, Mayor Arts Award
- 2019 Crosscut Courage in Culture Award
- 2020 Assoc. of King County Org. (AKCHO) Heritage Education Award
- 2020 National Marquis Who's Who Award
Special Thanks to Seattle-Limbe Sister City Association (SLSCA) and First AME Church of Seattle for your support and collaboration.
**UPDATE 6/7/2020 ** Recent events have necessitated the conversation for racial equity on a national scale. The community is out, and Delbert Richardson is getting the Unspoken Truths out at as HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES HOLD BLACK LIVES MATTER VIGIL AT LESCHI ELEMENTARY (Seattle, WA).