Please join the Prince George’s County Historical Society for its August 22, 2022, Zoom History Chat with Marvin-Alonzo Greer, the Lead Historic Interpretation & Community Engagement Officer for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, as he and John Peter Thompson discuss the Sankofa Mobile Museum, a mobile history experience that allows students to dive into history and connect events of the past to issues today revealing the connections of past activists and challenging visitors to become active in causes in their communities.
Mr. Greer oversaw the reopening of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis after a three-year, $30 million revitalization of the 1930s era building. He developed K-12 programming, community engagement strategies, and a robust public program initiative highlighting the accomplishments of St. Louisans and their connections to the military. Community outreach and public programs under his leadership promoted veterans from various communities often left out of the historical narrative, including African American, LGBTQIA, Latinx, women, American Indian, Asian and immigrant communities.
In his personal time, he practices interpretive skills by going into undeserved communities and bringing history to life through neighborhood tours, living histories, and museum theater performances. He graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in History and a minor in African American Studies. He has held leadership and managerial roles at museums and historical institutions, including the Atlanta History Center and Colonial Williamsburg. He was awarded the Emancipation Proclamation Award for Preserving African American History and Culture by the City of Atlanta for his activism and partnership with community organizations to place neighborhoods in historical context.
When he is not working, he helps Black families trace their genealogy and has traced his own ancestry to the American Revolution. Marvin-Alonzo is a mentor and big brother to living historians and historical interpreters. He co-founded the Sons and Daughters of Ham (civilian) and The Hannibal Guards (military), two living history organizations dedicated to interpreting the lives of African Americans in the Civil War. Under his leadership, the Sons & Daughters of Ham were recognized by the National Park Service with the National Capital Region Hartzog Award for Excellence in Group Volunteering. Marvin-Alonzo’s interpretive philosophy is, “If history is not interesting and relevant, you’re not teaching it right.”
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When: Aug 22, 2022 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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