The Unspoken Truths
""A lie told often enough, becomes the truth”
~ Vladimir Lenin
Delbert Richardson, the founder of The Unspoken Truths has passionately collected and amassed an admirable assortment of artifacts that symbolizes the African experience in the Americas and Europe. They are joyful relics of family moments, and everyday products invented or patented by African Americans – the ironing board, cell phone technology, golf tees, and a pencil sharpener. They are also the crude reminders of a painful past: A runaway slave collar – circa 1800. Branding irons. Shackles. A shotgun. All are equally displayed in The Unspoken Truths African American Museum.
The "Unspoken" Truths American History Traveling Museum chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to American Chattel Slavery, the experiences and impact of American Chattel Slavery, Jim Crow Era, and the many contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural, and technological (inventions) innovations in the U.S. and the world.
Our Mission: Re-educating learners of all ages that leads to self-restoration and community healing
Our Vision: Incorporating the The American History Traveling Museum into school curriculum, institutions, and organization committed to cultural competence and social justice.
Education begins with you.
The Traveling Museum is available for Workshops in the areas of:
• Cultural Competence
• Social Justice
Seattle is quickly recognizing the significance of this incredible mobile museum. His rich portfolio includes letters from corporations and academia:
Stephanie M.H. Camp, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington: “The excitement of feeling history’s immediacy and reality is another of the exhibit’s major contributions.” “The exhibit is of extremely high pedagogical value” “This is teaching at its best”
Denise Klein, Executive Director, Senior Services of King County, “We were all blown away by the quality of Delbert’s presentation and his extensive collection of material. Everyone at the workshop learned something new and it offered the opportunity to experience and begin to process painful feelings for individuals who had not had that opportunity before. Delbert believes that the truth, when squarely faced, will make us “free-er” “
Darrel Tanaka, 6th grade Science teacher, Hamilton International Middle School: “ This exhibit was of particular importance to children of color, whose participation helped them feel good about themselves when observing the accomplishments of people who look like them.”
Nick Brossoit, Ed.D, Superintendent, Edmond's School District: Student comments: “I learned to accept others no matter where they come from or look like”; “I try harder to see things differently; not joke about racial things that people say” “I learned judging someone is not acceptable and I need to be more aware” Many participants returned that evening to see the exhibit for a second time.
Ilsa Govan, M.A., Co-founder, Cross Cultural Connections: “By the end of the day, several participants proclaimed their gratitude. They spoke not only of finding out about history, but of having their lives changed. One African-American woman told the group that she had a whole new perspective, felt proud to be an African-American, and was eager to learn more and share this information with her son. Many commented on our evaluations how Mr. Richardson’s knowledge and museum collection was a profound experience for them unlike any other workshop that they attended.”
Stephanie Poole, Madison Middle School: “Our school is very diverse in student population but not within the staff. Because our teachers are mostly Caucasian, we bring a certain bias to the curriculum that does not serve our Afro-American children as best as it could. Your display brought awareness to our guests that otherwise they could have gone their whole lives without understanding the large contributions Afro-Americans have made to our society. I believe that because of your presentation, some of our students of color will be able to look beyond rapper and athletes as role models.”
Marjorie Ann Reeves, historian, Robert E. Lee Chapter 885, United Daughters of the Confederacy: “As a southerner, I found his presentation very interesting and open to all of the groups of people that were listening to his talk that day. He presented a more rounded description of that period that I have ever heard, taking in consideration for all the individuals that made up that time period and events. The presentation showed thought, intelligence and humanism. He approached each question with openness and consideration of what was being asked. I fully support his research and presentation for educational endeavors with school children who often receive a very condensed version of our country’s history without a complete picture of the puzzle.”