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A Programmatic Collaboration between Black History Untold and the Penn Museum

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 |
6:00PM - 7:30PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Sofiya Ballin


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


The human story is the foundation for the Penn Museum’s collections, galleries, and exhibitions, shared in the hopes of fostering deeper understanding of cultures from around the globe. But where does the ownership of these stories begin and end? The Museum welcomes award-winning journalist and founder of Black History Untold Sofiya Ballin for a series exploring representation, stewardship and what it means to balance the two.

"I want people to know the price that was paid in African blood on the land of Haiti."

The opening to REVOLUTION, a short documentary by Black History Untold, invites viewers to uncover the past through a series of 15 interviews with community elders and others as they recount history as they have experienced it. This screening will be followed with a presentation by Black History Untold Founder Sofiya Ballin on the vitality of oral history and the power human stories hold.

Free to Registered Guests


About the Partner

Black History Untold, created by award-winning journalist Sofiya Ballin, is an independent identity series that explores the importance of a comprehensive Black history education through personal essays. In a 2016 revelatory interview for, Ballin explains why she created the project: "I learned the most about black history in whispered tones while my mother braided my hair, after school when my father listened to talk radio, as my grandmother grated coconut, and at the dinner table set with shades of brown and opinion. In those moments I learned of the rise and destruction of Black Wall Street, the inhumanity of the Tuskegee Experiment, the tales of Angola’s Queen Nzinga, the triumph of Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons, and the Haitian Revolution. I learned that black history crossed continents and spanned languages, creating dialects that sang. It left traces in music, from the bachata to rock-and-roll. It birthed Moses a thousand times. And it is a history I share, where a knowing nod or smile can instantly connect me with the only other black person in the room.” Ballin left the Inquirer to produce the series because she felt it should be Black-owned and Black-run. It's produced with a small budget and a team of people who are passionate about the work.

Center for Experimental Ethnography
Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia
Wolf Humanities Center