Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Art Exhibits

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture invites you to come to see philanthropy differently.  View the pop-up/abridged edition of The Soul of Philanthropy from now until November 18.  You are also invite to the closing exhibit reception featuring Valaida Fullwood, the book's author and Charles Thomas, the book's photographer on Wednesday, November 16 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Mary Lou Williams Center in the Flowers Building on Duke's West Campus.  Remarks will be given at 5:00 p.m. 

Groundbreaking in focus and depth, the new multimedia exhibition “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited” is touring the country, presenting inspirational images and stories of generosity among Americans of African descent. Selected elements of the comprehensive exhibit compose a versatile, compact version, called the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition, which is designed to make the exhibit’s content more accessible. The pop-up edition’s 20 black-and-white photographs and narratives provide insight to centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving and generosity that—though rarely referred to as “philanthropy” in Black communities—have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society.

For more information about this extraordinary exhibit, visit the following links:
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The Soul of Philanthropy promo video


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Please see below for highlights of some of our other past exhibits.