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The AAHCMSJV reflects on over a century of black art and intellectualism rooted in Harlem this Feb.

The African-American Museum to feature the local aspect of the Harlem Renaissance in virtual tours for this upcoming Black History Month

(Book automated tour ahead of time above)

(Fresno, CA) - As Black History Month is just around the corner, the virtual presence online has been a hit and miss for many non-profit organizations floundering during California's stay-at-home statewide order, which was just lifted last month. However, many counties still remain in the purple tier, restricting in-person operations for non-essential businesses and organizations.

The African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (AAHCMSJV) has found a way to adapt to the new virtual environment, especially for its next upcoming event for Black History Month.

People can join the AAHCMSJV the self-directed virtual, tour presentations featuring the Harlem Renaissance and the "New Negro," presented by executive director, Arthur Fields.

Visitors may book virtual tours kick-off from now through March 31, 2021, at The automated virtual tours begin individually for all interested online starting at 5:00 AM, February 8, 2021.

As a part of the Black History Month series, people can also rent past Trailblazer awardees over the last few years.

More about the upcoming virtual exhibit ...

Romanticize on a critical time in African American history that created black artists and intellectuals' roots to explore the new meaning of black culture in America.

In the annual celebration of Black History Month, Acting Executive Director, Arthur Fields, discusses events leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, which lived from about 1919 through 1930. The exhibit also highlights critical people throughout the period and significant figures through music, art, and literature that redefined today's black excellence.

Fresno's beloved Dr. Fitzalbert Marius, who recently passed away, is honored in the virtual tour. Dr. Marius was an artist, doctor, and native to Harlem during the 1920s. He was an integral part of the Central Valley and will be remembered for his joy, laughter, and life.

The Harlem Renaissance was named after the anthology The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke in 1925. Though it was centered in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, the movement impacted urban areas throughout the United States. Across the cultural spectrum and in the realm of social thought, artists and intellectuals found new ways to explore black America's historical experiences and the recent experiences of black life in the urban North.

This was the prime time in which African-American artists and intellectuals rejected euro-centric views and celebrated black dignity and rich creativity. Asserting their freedom to express themselves as artists and intellectuals, they explored their identities as black Americans, celebrating the black culture that grew from slavery and African culture.

For Media and Event Sponsorship Information:

Join the AAHCMSJV's presentation on enlightenment while highlighting over one hundred years since the birth of black excellence.

Reach out to Arthur Fields, the executive director, for more information on virtual tours and upcoming events at or 559-544-1857.

For sponsorship opportunities for this event, please reach out to Gregory Melancon at 559-544-1857.


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