MoAd: Crossing Oceans, Just Across the Street

Come Find Out Where You're Really From

moad.jpgGlobalization is going to be a hot topic at this year's conference, but you probably won't encounter the unique perspective of Michael McCauley, today's guest blogger. Don't worry, you won't have to go far for some original insight into how globalization all began.

Think you know who you are? Maybe your ancestry is Irish, Italian, Jewish, Chinese, or one of the dozens of other hyphenated Americans that make up the United States melting pot?

Think farther back—beyond the past few hundred years. Beyond genealogy, to where everyone loses track of his or her ancestry—back to that dark, mysterious realm called prehistory.

What if I told you every single person in America—every single person on earth—is African? Yup, your DNA tells the story of a journey from an African homeland to wherever you live today. We're talking about the original diaspora, that long-ago movement of folks out of Africa and across the globe. And the subsequent African diasporas—one forced during slavery, others prompted by the search for a better life or to escape war.

Visit the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD for short) at Mission and Third Streets—just across the street from Moscone Center. But don't expect displays of tribal masks or ceremonial objects. Instead, you'll find multimedia experiences that trace the African roots of music, food, clothing, and more. And you'll learn more about how these diasporas have resulted in African influences on global culture.

MoAD will help you answer the question, "When did you discover you are African?"

Don't miss MoAD's exhibition Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera (through September 28, 2008).

Michael F McCauley
Assistant Director of Development
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4126

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