Citadel professor, former mayor teaching course centered on IAAM, open to public

Citadel professor and former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. poses at the site of the future International African American Museum. (The Citadel)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Citadel professor and former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. will be teaching a new course during the spring semester.

The course titled The Why and the How: The Making of the International African American Museum will be available to students as well as the public. Every class in the course will be open to the public.

All factors of the course will be centered on what the International African American Museum will present. From the examining of South Carolina school textbooks that distorted the subject of slavery to presentations by guests who lived through those African-American experiences.

Riley was instrumental in launching the effort to raise funds for IAAM in 2000.

The museum is expected to open in 2020 near the Maritime Center, which was once called Gadsden’s Wharf, where more enslaved Africans were brought to and sold than any other place in North America.

“The museum site is sacred ground. The location was crucial because every day it is painfully evident that America continues to be fractured by our structural defect resulting from the days of enslaved Africans. This fissure exists because we Americans do not know this important part of our country’s history,” Riley said.

Classes began Jan. 16. The remaining classes are below.

  • Feb. 13 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the modern African American freedom struggle (Livestreamed on Citadel Facebook page)
    Featuring Cleveland Sellers, Ph.D., on his experiences during the Orangeburg Massacre, other civil rights events, and how they compare to contemporary challenges
    Holliday Alumni Center
  • Feb. 20 Financing the IAAM
    Featuring: Pete Selleck, former chairman & president, Michelin North America
    Anita Zucker, CEO, The Intertech Group
    Bond Hall 165
  • Feb. 27 The modern African American freedom struggle in South Carolina
    Featuring Rev. Nelson Rivers III, Charity Missionary Baptist Church,
    Holliday Alumni Center
  • March 6 IAAM museum design
    Featuring Walter J. Hood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design, University of California at Berkeley and founder, Hood Design Studio and representative, Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners
    The Charleston Maritime Center, future IAAM location
  • March 20 IAAM Center for Family History
    Featuring Toni Carrier, genealogist, Center for Family History, IAAM
    Bond Hall 165
  • March 27 A look inside the IAAM
    Featuring Michael B. Moore, CEO and president, IAAM, and Ralph Appelbaum, Founder, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
    The Charleston Maritime Center
  • April 3 The International African American Museum and Charleston’s half-century
    Featuring Mayor Joseph P. Riley,
    Bond Hall 165
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