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Amon Saba Saakana

Amon Saba Saakana

Lecture February 25, 2016 at ODM

International scholar, editor, lecturer, journalist, filmmaker and publisher Amon Saba Saakana will discuss the works of Cheikh Anta Diop at the Old Dillard Museum beginning 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Special thanks to Dr. Carole Boyce Davies and the Florida Africana Studies Consortium for being this insiteful scholar and discussion to Fort Lauderdale. Limited seating, please come early to secure your seat.

Nat Adderley Concert

2015 Cannonball Jazz Series

Nat Adderley, Jr. ConcertSeptember 20, 2015

A inspiring concert was held onSunday, September 20, 2015 at at the Dillard Center for the Arts featuring jazz pianist Nat Adderley Jr. and students for Dillard Jazz Band. In addition to the concert Adderley conducted workshops and assembles at the school.


25th Anniversary of Community's Bold Initiative

Twenty-five years ago, the efforts of community activits including Mary Laramore Smith, Carlton Moore, Jim Hill and Hazel Armbrister lead to the listings of the Old Dillard Museum on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum will proudly recall and honor the foresight of the communnity for saving this jewel of African American Culture from the wrecking ball. You are invited to come and share in our celebration of this historic event on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mary Smith

The late Mary Laramore Smith was the Walker Elemetary teacher who lead the effort to save the original building for Dillard High School.


African American Historic Sites:
Grounds to Remember

According to the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), an organization founded by Carter G. Woodson the father of Black History Month, "one cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history."

ASALH's 2016 theme is Hallowed Grouds: Sites of African American Memories. The Old Dillard Museum's theme for this year is based on that national theme.
Our activities will focus on the the sites where our black community’s people, and events impacted this area’s rich and vibrant history. We believe the the museum is just one of the many sites that should be honored.

Created Equal

The Old Dillard Museum is one of 473 institutions across the nation that is promoting a selection of PBS documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and  the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Gilder Lehrman developed the exciting programmatic and support materials for the sites.  The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

Our Season

Our season of events will include musical concerts, workshops, lectures and more.

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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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    Come to the Old Dillard Museum and be inspired. Sensational tours are available Monday thru Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Summertime hours are Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00pm. June 13th to August 11th.

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    The Old Dillard Museum is a historical landmark and an education center operated by the Broward Public School System. Funding for the museum's activities is provided in part by the Old Dillard Foundation, Funding Arts Broward, Bank of America, The Links, Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and other gracious supporters.

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