The Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located in Washington, DC, was founded by seven innovators and entrepreneurs on 2 May 2011 and incorporated on 20 June 2011 (501(c)(3) certification effective 21 June 2011).
Meeting at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC: left to right, seated: Leticia Stallworth (investment advisor); April Tabor, Esq. (lawyer), Board Secretary; Malik Drake, Esq.; standing: Rev. Kendrick Curry, Ph.D. M.Div. (Senior Pastor at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church), Chairman of the Board; Kevin Williams, MD/MBA (child and family psychiatrist and inventor); Derek Richmond, Esq. (patent attorney), Board Treasurer; John R. Whitman, Ph.D. (professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University), Executive Director.
The Board of Directors includes:
- Rev. Dr. Kendrick Curry, Ph.D., M.Div.
- Derek Richmond, Esq.
- Patricia Carter Sluby, Registered Patent Agent
- Leticia Stallworth
- Dr. Kevin Williams, MD, MBA
- Ex Officio: John R. Whitman, Ph.D.
Innovation Advisory Board:
James E. West, Ph.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins University; 2006 National Medal of Technology; Inductee, National Inventors Hall of Fame
The Museum is also advised by a board of distinguished contributors, including:
- Kikuyu Daniels, Associate Technology Licensing Officer, MIT Technology Licensing Office
- Katrina Fludd, Coordinator, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Babson College
- Keith C. Holmes, researcher on Black and indigenous inventors and author of Black Inventors: Crafting Over 200 Years of Success (Global Black Inventor Research Project, 2008)
- Phoebe Cade Miles, Founder and President, Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation (http://www.cademuseum.org/)
The vision for the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a world of people with the freedom, capacity, and means to innovate and to entrepreneurially convert innovations into socially useful realms to promote the general welfare, whether through the market, education, law, health, or other institutions. Why a “museum”? A museum is a source of inspiration.
The mission of the MBIE is to provide space and support to inspire and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship within and around the Black experience and to build community capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship by increasing and disseminating the knowledge necessary to advance such endeavors. We are guided by the values of Simplicity, Sincerity, and Sustainability.
Our goals are to: 1) Inspire innovation and entrepreneurship in the community by exhibiting historical and contemporary examples of Black achievements and hosting public lectures and discussions by exemplary Black innovators and entrepreneurs; 2) Promote the use of community expertise, training, and financial support for nascent innovators and entrepreneurs; 3) Create a community-based ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship by convening meetings to address needs; and 4) Conduct participatory action research in collaboration with community groups in order to increase understanding of how innovation and entrepreneurship can advance the economic and social development and wellbeing of the community.
- Narrated displays: Historical and contemporary
- Presentations on innovation, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and more: Interactive and movies
- Courses on New Ventures, Social Entrepreneurship, Cooperatives, Nonprofit Organizations and more: Workshops and for-credit Courses
- Discussion groups: Meet-ups and Sponsored
- Educational counseling
The Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an institutional member of the American Alliance of Museums (see AAM site).
We are grateful to Mr. Lonnie Woods III, Varied Vizions Imagery, for his work to polish the MBIE logo.
More to come...