OUR THEME: Bold, Brave & Black

Bold, Brave and Black: African Americans in Times of War highlights the military bravery and patriotism of African Americans nationally and locally throughout the history of this country. The theme showcases military personalities from African American History from the colonial days to the present.
The museum will incorporate literature, music, cultural events, folk art, oral histories, dances, artifacts, scholarly papers and literature that have inspired and entertained people of all ages. It will highlight enslaved freedom fighters and freemen in the military. Topics will include the “Buffalo Soldiers,” blacks in the Seminole Wars, Tuskegee Airmen, Black Pirates, local military personalities and organizations. Our activities will include the music and cultural features of the various time periods.
The project celebrates the national 2018 Black History Theme, "African Americans in Times of War," as announced by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). ASALH was organized by Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History celebrations in American. The Old Dillard Museum will produce activities including readings, exhibitions, music performances, lectures, workshops, tours, a mini-festival, and concerts that support our 2018 theme, Bold, Brave and Black.

During the Korean War in 1952, three Dillard grads are recruited in the Army. Left to right: James Bradley, Nathaniel Brunson, and Sinclair Bradley.

"War Horn"
West African Adinkra symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.


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    Ben Williams CutoutMr. Benjamin Williams, who is often called "Mr. Fantastic," is the 2013 Tree of Life Honoree. In addition to serving three four-year terms on the Broward County School Board as the Member for District 5, Mr. Williams had a outstanding career as an educator and administrator in Broward County Schools. During his years as a administrator, he is noted as designing and implementing the county's first magnet program at Walker Elementary in 1975, he later took the Performing Arts Magnet program to Parkway Middle School in 1988 and added technology to the curriculum as the county began to utilize technology in the district. The performing arts magnet at Parkway led to adding Arts and Music to Dillard High School with Williams as the principal in 1992. Williams was also the first black administrator assigned to a predominantly white elementary school when he became the principal of Nova Blanche Forman Elementary in 1970.

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