Riley’s Class to Focus on International African American Museum

February 13, 2018, 9:10 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — Charleston’s former mayor, Joe Riley, is now at the head of the classroom. He’s teaching a new course at The Citadel focused on the future International African American Museum.

For some time now we have seen renderings of what they museum will look like. Riley said construction is expected to begin on the museum this summer and should be completed by year 2020.

From examining old South Carolina school textbooks that distorted the subject of slavery, as mentioned in a press release from the military college, to presentations by guests who lived through what Riley refers to as the under-told stories of African American experiences, all facets of the course center on what will be presented in the future International African American Museum (IAAM) as well as the making of the museum itself.

Dr. Cleveland Sellers will be among those guest speakers. Sellers was injured during the Orangeburg Massacre 50 years ago.

Professor Riley told us he is honored to be with Citadel cadets every week for this course and said even he is learning a lot through this course, and hopes the same for those attending the classes.

“It’s inspiring to all of us that, we too, can make a difference,” he said. “I think for young people, with hopefully a long life ahead of them, to be reminded that they can and that they should.”

Tuesday’s class is free and open to the public. Just don’t be tardy – class gets underway at 3:30 p.m. inside the Holliday Alumni Center on The Citadel’s campus.