Shoreline hosts "The Unspoken Truths" exhibit, Feb 14 through 18, honoring Black History Month

Sunday, February 13, 2011

In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Shoreline will host an exhibit celebrating the many important contributions African-American inventors have made to our everyday lives.

The exhibit, which is part of a larger exhibit entitled “The Unspoken Truths," is the work of Delbert Richardson, a Seattle man who calls himself a Second Generation Storyteller. Richardson has collected a large and impressive assortment of artifacts that symbolize the African experience in the Americas and Europe.

The exhibit will be in Shoreline City Hall Lobby, 17500 Midvale Ave N, from February 14 through 18.

It will highlight the important contributions made by African-American men and women inventors to the world we live in. Many of these items are things we use every day without knowing the history behind them, such as the ironing board, cell phone technology, golf tees and a pencil sharpener.

Richardson said the exhibit is geared toward children and young adults, as a way for them to learn what they often don't learn from history books.

Richardson is an educator and storyteller who encourages people to immerse themselves in the struggles, challenges and accomplishments of African people through his exhibits.

"I'm not interested in making money," he said. "I'm interested in making an impact."

From the office of the City Manager. Quotations from The Seattle Times 2008 story on Delbert Richardson and his larger exhibit.


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