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Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole Receives “BET Honors” 2015 Education Award

Kanye West and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Kanye West and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

The 2015 “BET Honors” (Black Entertainment Television) ceremony took place on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Washington DC’s Warner Theater. Museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole was awarded BET’s 2015 education award for her lifelong work. It was a very special evening for Dr. Cole. It was exceptional for the National Museum of African Art with a number of media clips from the evening referencing the museum.

BET’s video tribute to Dr. Cole, which aired during the ceremony, focused largely on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Dr. Cole’s life and her achievements as a lifelong educator. All of the honorees referenced Dr. Cole in their acceptance speeches when talking about education.

Other honorees included: Singer songwriter Usher Raymond; John W. Thompson (first black chairman of Microsoft, former CEO of virtual instruments); Actress Phylicia Rashad and Rapper Kanye West.

Images and video of the “2015 BET Honors”

The “BET Honors 2015” will air on BET TV Tuesday, February 23 at 9pm EST

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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