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Johnetta Betsch Cole

Museum Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Washington D.C., United States

One hundred years from now, the world will go about its work unhampered by systems of inequality.

My Dream

One hundred years from now, the world will go about its work unhampered by systems of inequality that lead to sorting and judging people based on their race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, age, and physical or mental disability. Today, these systems of inequality strongly influence who lives in which neighborhoods, which groups of people tend to do which forms of work, how work places are organized (including whose office is on which floor, how many windows an office has, and what kind of furniture is in the office), who goes to which schools, which form of recreation individuals engage in, where grocery stores are located, and whose stories and art forms are presented in art and cultural institutions. When these systems of inequality are finally destroyed, and difference does not make any more difference, we will have to design and redesign countless spaces and things. This will be a “labor of love.”

Johnetta Betsch Cole Bio:

Johnnetta Betsch Cole was appointed the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in March 2009. The museum’s permanent collection of traditional and contemporary art represents nearly every area of the continent of Africa. NMAfA also has an extensive education program.

After beginning her college studies at Fisk University and completing her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, Johnnetta Cole earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University. Dr. Cole made history in 1987 when she became the first African American woman to serve as president of Spelman College. Dr. Cole served as president of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women. She is the only person to have served as president of these two historically Black colleges for women in the United States.

Johnnetta Cole has been awarded 56 honorary degrees and she is the recipient of numerous awards.

From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Cole was the Chair of the Board of United Way of America, the first African American to serve in that position. She has served on the corporate boards of Home Depot, Merck, and Nation’s Bank South. She was the first woman to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises.