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Event Series Event Series: Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

Moving Forward by Looking Back

Moving Forward by Looking Back

January 16 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am MST

295 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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Celebrating 40 Years of MLK Week, Where do we go from here? January 13 -19, 2024

An Exhibition & Talk with the Utah Black History Museum

Join us in the Marriott Library for a special exhibition focusing on Utah’s Black history and a discussion with Rae Duckworth, President of the Utah Black History Museum, and Tarienne Mitchell, Curator, Historian and Archivist for the Utah Black History Museum. The Utah Black History Museum, known for the colorful traveling Black History Bus, was launched in February 2020 and is managed by a group of passionate volunteers. The museum “is committed to promoting the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the Black experience in Utah through programming, exhibits, and activities that teach local and national Black history and celebrate the culture of the African Diaspora in the United States.”

For questions about this event, please contact Jordan Hanzon.

Rae Duckworth

President, Utah Black History Museum

Rae Duckworth is a Black mother and community member who proudly coordinates the Utah Black History Museum’s exhibit and serves on the Board of Directors as the museum’s President. She began her involvement with preserving and amplifying the Black community in Utah after experiencing the loss of her cousin, Bobby Ray Duckworth, who was shot and killed by police in Utah. Rae currently works with educators, healthcare workers, lawyers, politicians, and community members for routes to conserving Black people, Black culture, and Black history.

Tarienne Mitchell

Curator, Historian, Archivist; Utah Black History Museum

Tarienne Mitchell is a certified archivist who has a passion for African American history. After earning a master’s in Library Science from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, she worked for 8 years in the L.D.S. church’s archive in downtown Salt Lake. While there she became the subject matter expert on the Black history. Tarienne currently works in Washington D.C. as the cataloging archivist for the Veterans History Project, a special collection in the Library of Congress. (Tarienne is not representing the Library of Congress during this presentation.)  Tarienne created the traveling exhibit for the Utah Black History Museum and continues her work with the museum.

Eddy Thompson Jr smiles in an Under Armor University of Utah Athletics jacket

Eddy Thompson Jr

Global Trade Compliance Manager, L3Harris Technologies
Western Region Director, L3Harris Employees of African Descent (LEAD)

Eddy graduated from the University of Utah – Class of 2004, and works for L3Harris Technologies as a Trade Compliance officer and as the Western Region Director for LEAD L3Harris Employees of African Descent Employees Resource Group. Eddy is passionate about his community, serving as an advisor on the Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission, as a member of the France A. Davis Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the University of Utah Alumni Board of Governors. Eddy works tirelessly to unite his community, building bridges, educating through bookclubs, volunteering, advocacy, directing Black History Programs, and providing opportunities for our youth. Eddy is the son of Ed Sr., and former Education Specialist Dr. Jackie Thompson; he’s husband to Carmen Thompson, and father of Serenity, Taj, and Evangelyne Thompson.