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Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Ambassador Robin Sanders discuss The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria

The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria

Join us to celebrate Black History Month and the official launch of The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria. Following the lives of eight Igbo women from southeastern Nigeria, Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders pays homage to the endangered African sign and symbol system of uli (oo-lee) and the women who are keeping it alive. Sanders, the former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of the Congo, examines the intricacies of uli as an important African information system.

A short video and conversation with Ambassador Sanders follows museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole’s opening remarks.

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National Museum of African Art Statement Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue

The National Museum of African Art’s mission is to inspire conversations about the beauty, power and diversity of African arts and cultures. We began planning for the Conversations exhibition two years ago to help showcase the history of American art created by persons of African descent. It brings the public’s attention to artists whose works have long been omitted from the study of American art history. We are aware of the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby, who, along with his wife Camille, owns many of the works in the Conversations exhibition. Exhibiting this important collection does not imply any position on the serious allegations that have been made against Mr. Cosby. The exhibition is centrally about the artworks and the artists who created them.