DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson Reid Park
445 South Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
November 17th, 2023, 5:00 PM
$ 75 per person
AAMSAZ will present a cultural and educational experience by providing items of significance with stories of struggles and triumphs presented by knowledgeable volunteers and staff.
We are devoted to gathering and sharing stories, images, and artifacts as we document, digitize, and preserve African American and Black life, culture, and history in Southern Arizona to benefit the community.
To serve as a resource and to provide the community with an applied and virtual venue and repository for stories, histories, and cultural contributions by African Americans and Blacks in Southern Arizona.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
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Universal Human Rights Month: A global call for dignity and equality.
National Tie Month: Embrace the power of the tie and elevate your style throughout the month.
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month: Elevating global culinary standards through a focus on food service safety.
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month: Promoting awareness and responsible choices during the holiday season.
Safe Toys and Gifts Month: Ensure that the gifts shared during the festive season prioritize safety for all ages.
Operation Santa Paws Month: A month-long event dedicated to helping animals in shelters during the holiday season.
In February 2021 Jeremiah “Jody”, our seven-year-old grandson, was assigned to complete a report during Black History month on an African American Hero. He went online and then asked, “Nanu (that’s what our grandchildren call me) don’t you help people with a museum in Michigan?” I said, “Yes, I do.” Then he went on to say, “So, where is the museum I can go to here in Tucson to learn about African American people who lived around here?”
I told him I would look into it and found what I already knew would probably be the case. The history of African American people, particularly around the country, is more like collections of artifacts, hearsay, documents, and things in trunks, garages, basements, and attics. Jody wanted me to know that we should have an official museum in Tucson and I agreed! So, on April 15, 2021 I began my research.
The AAMSAZ museum is a collective home for stories, artifacts, culture, genealogical data, and how it speaks to the African American human condition. AAMSAZ wants to expand its collections to represent the African American community in Southern Arizona. The collections are held in trust for the Southern Arizona community and for the world and are curated in perpetuity for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.
Photographed here: Fred “The Fox” Snowden – University of Arizona Head Basketball Coach 1972- 1982. First African American Basketball Coach for a Division I Major University. Taken in front of the newly built McKale Center.
We offer a prerecorded 360-degree Virtual Tour available online. In the meantime, check out Annie Sykes, Anthony McDonald, Emma Marquez Peterson, and others to provide you with 3 minutes of education about some of our exhibitions.
Museum is located on the Campus of the University of Arizona
Student Union Room 244
(1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719)
Park in the 2nd Street Garage
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