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Panel: The Art of Black Research

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (exhibit open 2:00 p.m.)

A free in-person event, but space is limited. Please sign up on Eventbrite.

The Lead Researcher and Curatorial Assistants of the African Americans in Berkeley History and Legacy exhibition have collected images, information, and archival materials on African American contributions and history in the city of Berkeley. These emerging scholars will share their research strategies and accomplishments as well as their lived experiences as Berkeley residents. As a cohort, they have participated in archival research, mounting onsite and online exhibitions, creating a logo, developing publicity/outreach plans, submitting an article on the project, and writing City of Berkeley Proclamations and Wikipedia profiles for prominent African American women. Please join us to hear about their journey as researchers, writers, and creators.

Mary Jackson, Lead Researcher

Mary Jackson received her master’s degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2020. Her master’s thesis was a preservation project designed to recreate the Sacramento Street business district and the development of a digital mapping tool. After learning about part two of the African Americans in Berkeley’s History and Legacy exhibition, Ms. Jackson contributed her thesis research and joined the exhibition research team in February 2021. She is an archive practitioner whose interests include the preservation of analog and born-digital audiovisual materials, cultural heritage preservation and memory work, and digital humanities projects.

Luceiris Collymore Abbas, Curatorial Assistant

Luceiris Collymore Abbas is a senior at Berkeley High School. She is a scholar who is deeply interested in photography, fashion, and writing. She works on the Berkeley High Jacket newspaper and in her free time she is involved with editorials. Ms. Collymore Abbas has done projects for various artists, and her passion for photography and history led her to this influential project which centers on the history of Black Berkeley. 

Celise O. Knott, Curatorial Assistant

Celise Knott is a recent graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) with a major in Fashion Design. As a designer, she presents creative expression in all aspects of fashion design, including fashion illustrations, designs and computer applications using state-of-the-industry technology. Recently, her oil painting was virtually displayed at the Fault Line Art Space, Oakland CA. Ms. Knott’s artwork has been displayed in the Bay Area at: the Warehouse 416 - Oakland, Joyce Gordon Gallery - Oakland, Oakland Youth Art Explosion, The Richmond Art Center, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Ethnic Notions Fine Art Gallery - Vallejo & Napa Valley. 

Raquel Matthews, Curatorial Assistant

Raquel Matthews is a senior at Berkeley High School. Her passion for music, literature, and social justice has led to composing music for poems by Black authors and researching the works of Black artists. In addition to art and literature, her love for history has led her to this project. Ms. Matthews is thrilled to be a part of this fascinating exhibit.

Mimia Ousilas, Curatorial Assistant

Mimia Ousilas is a junior at Berkeley High School. In addition to a love for art and creativity, she is very passionate about journalism, particularly investigative journalism, which she pursues in her school newspaper, the Berkeley High Jacket. Ms. Ousilas has previously done investigative pieces looking into the complex Black history and culture in Berkeley and is incredibly excited to be a part of this in-depth historical project.

The panel will be moderated by Stephanie Anne Johnson, co-curator of the exhibit. If you have not seen the exhibit, please try to come early (between 2 and 2:30) to see it before the program.


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