Celebrating Black History Month + A New Exhibition!

All year long, ExhibitsUSA celebrates the diverse culture, achievements, and legacy of Black Americans and the larger diaspora through our traveling exhibitions.

This month, we are excited to announce The Legend of Kente, a new exhibition that highlights African diasporic influence on contemporary fashion and culture.

The Legend of Kente

Recognized by its bright colors and bold, woven patterns, kente cloth is an unmistakable showcase of Ghana’s master weavers.

Inspired by a spider’s web in the village of Bonwire as early as 1000 BCE, kente has become a global symbol of pride for people across the African diaspora.

“Wearing kente gives our African ancestry, traditions, and customs a new recognition, a new symbol, a new meaning, and a new relevance globally. It gives us the confidence and pride to walk in the way of our ancestors who have gone before us.”

—Dr. Gifty Afua Benson, collector and curator


We are honored to offer exhibitions that tell the histories of Black-led change in America such as I AM A MAN: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1960–1970 and Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad.

Likewise, we celebrate the diverse innovations that Black Americans have made in the field of music. Shutter and Sound: The Jazz Photography of Bob Willoughby includes photographs of Black jazz giants such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington.

We recognize the power of Black storytelling in Rooted Visions, a folk art exhibition featuring work by 25 notable Southern Black artists who tell visionary stories of memory and spirituality through the use of found objects and ordinary materials.


Image Credits:
Digital installation mockup with peplum and long skirt featuring the Obaa Pa (Good Woman) motif in the foreground and various kente motifs in the background, 2023; Courtesy of Beatrice Benson Collection.;
Detail of of single-wide Kente cloth featuring an unidentied motif, 2015; cotton and polyester, installs at approximately 6 inches wide; Courtesy of Beatrice Benson Collection.;
Art Shay, Mourners following Dr. King’s assassination, a single sign held aloft, Memphis, TN, 1968; photograph, 10 11/16 x 16 inches; © 2019 Art Shay Archive Projects llc.