Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition Programs and Events

MPM with its partners and sponsors are excited to bring you special exhibit programming!

Systems of Racial Violence: A Discussion Series

This two-part panel-discussion series will explore policy and racial justice movements in South Africa and the United States. Both discussions will be moderated by Dr. Robert S. Smith, Resident Historian of America’s Black Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Smith is the Harry G. John Professor of History and Director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University. His research and teaching interests explore the intersections of race and law. Dr. Smith's current project considers collaborations between human rights lawyers in the U.S. and South Africa in the fight against apartheid.

Immediately following the discussions, MPM will host a Courageous Conversation facilitated by Wellness Coach Ambrose WB. This 60-minute free program will encourage individuals to react and process information presented in the panel discussion while expressing views openly and truthfully. Limited to 20 attendees.

You may register for the Discussion only or both Discussion and Conversation. The Conversation will allow for facilitated audience participation. You will receive a separate Zoom link for each program.

Session 1 - Evil Twins: Histories of Apartheid and Jim Crow

This discussion will consider the uniqueness and similarities of Jim Crow and Apartheid. The panel includes experts who have studied and experienced both systems.

Date and Time

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Panel Discussion: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Courageous Conversation: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register for Discussion
Register for Conversation

Session 2 - The Long Struggle: Resistance Movements Against Apartheid and Jim Crow

This panel discussion will explore resistance movements to Jim Crow and Apartheid. It will also include current activists challenging the lingering vestiges of racially oppressive systems.

Date and Time

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Panel Discussion: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Courageous Conversation: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register for Discussion
Register for Conversation

denise thomasMilwaukee’s Fight for Social Justice

In this two-part series, we’ll explore Milwaukee’s changing social and racial justice landscapes with the help of guest experts. Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the interview, asking our guests questions via chat. Sessions will be led by Denise Thomas, Founder and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC.

Denise Thomas is the Founder and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on transforming professionals into extraordinary leaders by mastering the art of effective communication. With 19 years experience, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers. Denise continues her focus by traveling and teaching effective communication to professionals worldwide. Learn more about Denise’s work here.

Session 1: Looking Back with Reggie Jackson, Co-Founder, Nurturing Diversity Partners
Monday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

reggie jacksonWe’ll examine past social movements in Milwaukee and how they’ve contributed to progress already made. 

Reggie Jackson has been a speaker, researcher, and writer for over a decade, specializing in sharing the experiences of African Americans and other peoples of color past and present, helping institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically and its impact on our lives today. Reggie is Co-founder and Lead Trainer/Consultant for Nurturing Diversity Partners, a consulting firm that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equity within institutions and communities. Learn more about Reggie’s work here.


Session 2: Looking Forward with Urban Underground
u2Tuesday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

We’ll learn from a new generation of activism in Milwaukee, and what that means for the struggle going forward.

Join Urban Underground staff Isaiah Joseph and Darrin Madison, and students Kendall Harris, Rebeca Acosta, Mia Moore, and Jaycelan Stewart as they discuss their work and vision for the future.

Urban Underground’s mission is to promote a new generation of young leaders committed to building safe and sustainable communities. They advance their mission through effective programs, strategic partnerships, and youth-led social change in the areas of health, education, public safety and juvenile justice.


a long walk to freedom book coverAmerica’s Black Holocaust Museum Book Club

Join the next ABHM Book Club for a two-part series in conjunction with Mandela: The Official Exhibition. On June 3 at 6:00 p.m. CDT, the discussion will cover Parts One through Six (1-6) of A Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela (1995) and on July 1 at 6:00 p.m. CDT, the discussion will cover Parts Seven through Eleven (7-11).


Parts 1-6: June 3
Parts 7-11: July 1

silhouette of nelson mandela with fist in airMy Mandela Pledge

Don’t wait for Nelson Mandela International Day, start today!

Each year on Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18, people are encouraged to spend 67 minutes in service of others through volunteerism and community service. Sixty-seven minutes represents the 67 years Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice. Throughout the run of Mandela: The Official Exhibition, we hope to inspire you to make Mandela Day every day. Honor Mandela by continuing his journey and take this challenge in service to others. 

My Mandela Pledge is generously supported by Brewers Community Foundation and U.S. Bank.

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stargazers of africaPLANETARIUM PROGRAM

From the dawn of time, African people have looked to the skies above for inspiration and guidance. Stargazers of Africa, brought to you by Generac, is a journey connecting the stars, moon, and planets to the people across this great continent—from long ago to the stargazers of today.




Freedom Day

The annual South African Freedom Day celebration commemorates South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections, which happened on April 27, 1994. Learn more about the meaning of this important day and Nelson Mandela’s reflections on the first anniversary of the election. Then, honor and participate in this legacy by committing to MPM’s My Mandela Pledge.  


Additional Resources

Looking to do some more research on your own? 

Apartheid Museum
Nelson Mandela Museum
Robben Island
Nelson Mandela Foundation