While living in a society where it seems as though Black Women are the least celebrated and acknowledge for our efforts in most cases, Vashti Dubois decided to take matters into her own hands. The moment she saw that our communities were in dyer need of platforms and spaces to honor colored women, Vashti tackled the issue by transforming her home into a sanctuary full of black girl magic.
The Colored Girls Museum is putting a new and clear perspective on what the saying ‘Black Girl Magic’ really means. Based straight out of Philadelphia, “The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. This museum initiates the ordinary object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl.”
For the past two years, Vashti has worked endlessly with the curator Michael Clemmons and associate director Ian Friday, to successfully renovate her entire 127-year-old, three-story home in order to match her vision to the T. With guided tours selling out, award ceremonies and special edition exhibits constantly being added, Vashti has created an accessible way to celebrate black women easily. She sat down with Essence.com earlier this year to explain the whole museum concept.
“I decided to open this museum because I felt it was important to create a space where I could honor and celebrate the ordinary lives experiences and stories of other colored girls like me —and of course that meant honoring my own ordinary,” she said.
While the museum attracts people of all ages and backgrounds, Vashti makes it clear that, “If you don’t know the colored girls story you don’t know anyone’s stories.” She stated proudly, “The colored girls position in the world community has forced her to be a carrier. Our stories intersect and overlap with everyone else’s stories.”’
Whether they admit it or not, if there’s one thing we all know about black women, it’s that we get s**t done! And in this case, Vashti is doing that and so much more.
Written by: @allmoniquedee