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Smithsonian’s Men of Change : Power. Triumph. Truth. Opens at the African American Museum, Dallas

July 1, 2021

The African American Museum of Dallas is now hosting the Smithsonian Institution’s stunning traveling exhibition, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. through Sept. 12, 2021. The exhibition presents the narrative of a nation through the profiles of significant African American men who are icons in the country’s historical and cultural landscape. 

Men of Change highlights revolutionary men – including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois and Kendrick Lamar – whose journeys have altered the history and culture of the country through politics, sports, science, entertainment, business and religion. Each biography is paired with original artwork by a noted artist that accentuates the subjects’ individual legacies. The exhibition weaves a collective tapestry of what it is to be an African American man, past and present, and the legacy that only strengthens across generations.

Participating artists include Nina Chanel Abney, Derrick Adams, Robert Pruitt, Tariku Shiferaw and Devan Shimoyama.

The Way of Life of the Northern Negro: Untitled – Wayne F. Miller, A black-and-white photograph of an African American man and young boy in swimsuits sitting on the sand and looking at Lake Michigan.

“The African American Museum, Dallas is very proud to bring Men of Change to the people of North Texas and showcase the momentous stories of extraordinary African American men who have changed our world for the better,” said Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., president and CEO of the African American Museum, Dallas. “This is an inspiring lesson in American history that must be shared.”

A diverse group of artists, advisors, academics, curators and museum professionals determined the men chosen as Men of Change. From Carter G. Woodson to Ryan Coogler, these men have changed entire fields, fought for justice, revolutionized art, and touched millions of lives directly and indirectly.

“We hope that by experiencing Men of Change visitors will see a lesson for us all, regardless of gender, race or nationality,” said Myriam Springuel, director of SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations. “In these men we see an absolute ideal and a well of inspiration that encourages us to become our best selves.”

These men serve as metaphors, representing the many more men and the broader community that shaped them into important change agents. Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. also incorporates the names and language of others – men and women – that signify the power of the African American journey in the American story.

The local guest curator for the Smithsonian’s Men of Change exhibition is Phillip E. Collins.


Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions, including Men of Change, is free.

For details on group and school field-trip tickets, please go to aamdallas.org or call 214-565-9026.

The African American Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Sundays. 

For more information, go to aamdallas.org or call 214-565-9026.

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