Movie Night

The International Museum of Cultures is happy to present the first movie night of 2017. On Saturday, Jan. 28th, our year kicks off with the film The Great Debaters.

The Great Debaters is a film based on the true story of a debate team from Wiley College who were inspired by a professor, Melvin B. Thompson, to form the college’s first debate team, which would eventually go on to challenge the reigning champion debate team in a national championship.

“It is a dramatic film about a historical event of importance, African-American achievement. It’s a great story about human oppression and human victory. We need to remember these strides in racial justice,” Anne and Tim Perry explain.

“We have all been affected and infected by racism to a greater or lesser degree,” Anne said. “But it’s a curable disease.”

Anne and Tim hope to use these dinners to broaden audience perspective as well as encourage discussion.

“We started the film events because we believe that film is a medium that can promote meaningful discourse around important issues, as well as delight and entertain us,” Anne said.

For them, the best part of the movie nights are the people who attend and the questions the movie raises.

“We get to meet a lot of different people and we have discussions after the films that we really enjoy,” Tim said.

The movie will start at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28th. There will be no entrance fee, but donations are accepted. For more information on the event, visit http://internationalmuseumofcultures.org/events/international-culture-series-movie-the-great-debators/.

Information on the true story this movie is based on can be found here: http://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/wiley-colleges-great-debaters

The movie imdb page can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427309/.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Culture is never static – we are always developing, always changing, and one of the great challenges of our lifetimes is to insure that we move forward and not back, not just in our personal lives, but in the state of our governments, our countries.

Martin Luther King Jr., born Jan 15th, 1929, made it his goal to ensure that the United States was among those that moved forward by standing up to injustice as he saw it and by encouraging that same spirit in others. His oratorical talent roused not violence in his listeners, but a deep sense of empathy and justice. He used this energy to stage nonviolent protests large enough that they changed the face of the United States.

Even with so many people behind his cause, King met with many obstacles and setbacks. Although is protests were nonviolent, he was often at odds with the law. He was arrested 30 times and received numerous threats on his life.

According to biographer Taylor Branch, the Civil Rights Movement had a huge toll on King physically. King’s autopsy revealed that, although only 39 years old, he had the “heart of a 60 year-old (source).” King spent most of his life fighting for equality and it became his cause of death on April 4th, 1968, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray.

Although King’s assassination took place in 1968, but it was not until 1983 that President Ronald Reagan declared his birthday a national holiday and it wasn’t until three years later that the holiday was upheld for the first time. It was even later than that, just seventeen years ago, that all states celebrated MLK Day—some states, until that point, had resisted celebrating the holiday as MLK Day.

On MLK Day, the International Museum of Cultures celebrates the efforts of a great man whose peaceful protests and moving speeches helped bring the United States one giant step closer to equality. He is remembered not just by his legal achievements—the Civil Rights Act, which included the Fair Housing Act—but by his kindness and his strength of character.

His famous “I Have a Dream” speech, one of the finest United States speeches in history, can be listened to through this (link). A full transcript is also available. For more information on Martin Luther King Jr., visit The King Center at http://www.thekingcenter.org/.

Veteran’s Day Student Essay Contest – Freedom Is Not Free

Essay Contest!

 FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

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A significant day for our culture in the United States is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor all the men and women who have served and are serving in the military. Many of these men and women have given and will give their lives in order to see our nation secure. Here at the International Museum of Cultures, we believe that it is important for children to have an appreciation for cultures worldwide, but we also believe that it is extremely important for our children to hold appreciation for the culture in which they live. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, the museum is sponsoring the Freedom Essay Contest for students in 1st grade through 12th grade.

First through fourth graders can write a 100 word essay on why FREEDOM IS NOT FREE due by November 8th for judging. Fifth through eighth graders are encouraged write a 150 word essay on the same topic and submit it by midnight on November 8th for judging. High school students may write a 250 word essay considering the same topic and submit it by noon on November 9th for judging. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded at the Salute to Veterans event hosted by the museum on November 11th.

If you have any questions or want to see your students involved in saluting our veterans this November, do not hesitate to call or email us for more information:

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International Museum of Cultures

411 U.S. 67 Frontage Road

P: 972.572.0462 email: info@internationalmuseumofcultures.org

Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Day is a time to celebrate the gorgeous planet we inhabit as brother and sister human beings. The globe is colorful – green forests, mountainous grays, rainbow sunsets…but, what makes our planet the most colorful and beautiful are the individuals who make up the color-spectrum of humanity. We are each born into an unique and fascinating culture that provides an abundant surge of vibrancy to the international network of souls that gives the earth its heartbeat. At the museum, we celebrate international cultures daily, but today, we want to pay special attention to the wonder that is US: the world. This Earth Day, we not only encourage you to reconsider how you can be a better economic steward of the planet throughout the year, but also take time to consider how you can become a better humanitarian. The oceans, mountains, forests deserve our care, but more importantly, do the people around you deserve your care. Lend a hand today to your neighbor. Venture out and touch the life of another human being who adds his or her own culture to our collective heartbeat.

Students’ Salute to Veterans – Freedom Essay Contest

Essay Contest!

 What does freedom mean to you?

 courage

 

 

A significant day for our culture in the United States is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor all the men and women who have served and are serving in the military. Many of these men and women have given and will give their lives in order to see our nation secure. Here at the International Museum of Cultures, we believe that it is important for children to have an appreciation for cultures worldwide, but we also believe that it is extremely important for our children to hold appreciation for the culture in which they live. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, the museum is sponsoring the Freedom Essay Contest for students in 1st grade through 12th grade. First through sixth graders are encouraged write a 150 word essay on FREEDOM and submit it by November 8th for judging. Seventh through twelfth graders are encouraged to write a 250 word essay on Freedom and submit it by November 15th for judging. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded at the Salute to Veterans event hosted by the museum on November 15th.

 

If you have any questions or want to see your students involved in saluting our veterans this coming November, do not hesitate to call or email us for more information:

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International Museum of Cultures

411 U.S. 67 Frontage Road

P: 972.572.0462 email: info@internationalmuseumofcultures.org

Just In Time! A New Sprinkler System and the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day LIVE!

Over the past several weeks, the International Museum of Cultures has been adding a new sprinkler system on the property. 

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We had to close our doors the public for a while which was disheartening for many, but we have good news! Though the process has been tedious, it was a success! We are proud to announce that the museum doors will be open tomorrow – Saturday, September 27th – just in time for the Tenth Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! smithsonian museum day live

 

Last year’s event brought in over 400,000 participants all across the United States! If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house this weekend and experience something new, tomorrow the International Museum of Cultures will open its doors for any and all interested in participating in Museum Day Live! 2014. A variety of exhibits will be on display.

 

You can download a FREE Ticket at: Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Each ticket is worth entrance for two individuals on Saturday only. Take advantage of this opportunity to educate yourself and your family or friends about global cultures. Learn about and connect with people from all walks of life!

Donation Drive for the 6th Annual North Texas Giving Day

The International Museum of Cultures in collaboration with the Duncanville Outreach Center hosted a Donation Drive kick-off event last Thursday, September 18th for the 6th Annual North Texas Giving Day! From 7 am to 9 am in the IMC parking lot, free donuts and coffee were provided to those who stopped by and donations were accepted. For those who were unable to visit the museum, supporters were given the opportunity to donate online until midnight that day.

 

NTX Giving Day - Sept 18

 

The turn out for the event at the International Museum of Cultures was great! It was wonderful to see people coming together to consume copious amounts of delicious donuts and coffee for breakfast and offer their moral and monetary support to the local non-profit organizations striving to make a difference in their community. Not only did locals from the Duncanville and Dallas areas gather together to support organizations in their region, but well over 98,000 donations poured in from all 50 states, 6 territories and over 28 different countries across the globe to benefit 1,580 unique, non-profits.  Due to the numerous online donations as well as the performances and community events – such as the International Museum of Culture’s donation drive – spurring an awareness of need and excitement to lend support all over, this year was record breaking for the North Texas Giving Day!

 

If you have the desire to continue your support of local organizations, check out the Communities Foundation of Texas website – www.cftexas.org – to learn how to make a difference. And, if you have the desire to benefit the International Museum of Cultures, visit our website – www.internationalmuseumofcultures.org– to donate or get involved!

 

 

Thank you for your support!