This is not only Amistad’s legacy; it is your legacy. The majority of the historical collections preserved at the Amistad Research Center come to us as donations by individuals, families and organizations, such as you and Joe Madison.
Known as “The Black Eagle,” Joe Madison is a legendary voice in radio, and a recognized human and civil rights activist. His radio program, “The Joe Madison Show,” airs nationally weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel 126. During his four-hour program, Mr. Madison talks about political and social issues, brings attention to social injustices around the world, and challenges himself and his listeners daily to “do something about it.” Mr. Madison does just that in his support of the Amistad Research Center, stating “Financial support for libraries and archives helps protect the valuable collections they preserve and provide to all of us. Let’s amplify Amistad’s collections, programs, and preservation efforts!”
Because of donors like Joe Madison, Amistad was recognized as one of six 2022 recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
Because of donors like Joe Madison, Amistad launched its first online catalog for its fine art collection, providing unheralded access to over 600 works of art.
Because of donors like Joe Madison, Amistad and the Rivers Institute of Contemporary Art & Thought launched the Amistad-Rivers Artists-in-Residence program, which welcomes international artists to the archive.
Because of donors like Joe Madison, Amistad logged 3,274 hours of training students and interns on how to use and preserve archival resources.
Because of donors like Joe Madison, Amistad continues to preserve those collections that have been entrusted to us by thoughtful and engaged individuals, families and organizations.
Won’t you join Joe Madison in preserving the legacy of the Amistad Research Center, as well as your legacy, now and in the future?
Amistad’s work is critically important. Our collections and programming have the power to nurture the minds and well-being of individuals from every generation, to drive community engagement and to catalyze lasting social change.