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Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, is a multimedia exhibition dedicated to sharing the tradition of African-American philanthropy. 
Comprising highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations; explores a broad range of topics; and ignites a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back.
The groundbreaking exhibit was inspired by the award-winning book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropists, written by Valaida Fullwood with photographer Charles Thomas. The 400-page hardcover book celebrates the giving spirit through photography and stories that honor a centuries-old cultural custom. 
After a nationwide tour, Columbia will serve as South Carolina’s inaugural host. Designed by Atlanta-based curator and visual artist, Tracy Murrell, the Columbia showing was made possible in part by Women Engaged SC, the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Richland Library. 
The Soul of Philanthropy was developed under the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. and New Generation of African American Philanthropists, managed the exhibition under its inaugural, IMLS grant-funded national tour, 2015-2016.

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