Award-Winning Storyteller Sofiya Ballin to Premiere New Revolution-Themed Installment of Black History Untold Series, Feb. 11
Launch Party Will Include a Screening of Film Vignettes, a Panel Discussion, and Performances by OhMyJah, Vocalist Lee Mo, Poet Jamal Parker, and Others
Beginning at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy light bites and a cash bar, followed by performances from special guests including OhMyJah, Philadelphia-based vocalist Lee Mo, and international slam poetry champion Jamal Parker. The film screening will take place at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a provocative panel discussion with several of the film’s participants, including Jamira Burley, who was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” list for her community activism, and Mike Africa, Jr., whose parents were both part of the MOVE 9. The panel will be co-moderated by Ballin and Timothy Welbeck, an attorney, professor, writer, and hip-hop artist.
“We’re thrilled that Sofiya chose the Museum as the venue for this premiere. Like her, we are committed to facing hard truths, having open dialogue about the complexities of our nation’s history, and lifting up stories that often have gone untold,” said Dr. Elizabeth Grant, the Museum’s Director of Learning and Engagement. “This series is a powerful look at how the American Revolution’s ongoing experiment in liberty and equality is reflected in the stories of Black people in America.”
Throughout the evening, the Museum’s exhibits will be open for guests to explore the stories of the diverse range of people who were involved in founding the nation, including women, native people, and free and enslaved people of African descent. Those stories are brought to life through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital interactives.
At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s galleries, guests can learn from Associate Curator Matthew Skic about the Museum’s creation and evolution of “Finding Freedom,” an in-gallery digital interactive that explores the experiences of people of African descent during the Revolutionary War. The interactive will be available as an online resource later this year, thanks to the support of The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.
The event is part of the Museum’s History After Hours series which features extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials in Cross Keys Café, and full access to the Museum’s exhibits. Tickets for History After Hours are $10 and can be purchased online in advance here or at the door. The next History After Hours event is A Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2020.
Sofiya Abena Ballin is a journalist, writer, curator, and storyteller forging new roads in digital journalism. Her written work has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Okayplayer, OkayAfrica, Essence and FADER. Ballin’s dedication to her craft has been rewarded with honors that include being named the 2017 PABJ Journalist of the Year (Online), a Caribbean American Thirty under 30 Emerging Leader, and a Temple University 30 Under 30 alumnus.
About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.