NJAM stands in solidarity with the African American community. We acknowledge the pain caused by systemic racism. We are listening. We call for justice.
But expressions of sympathy and solidarity are not enough. How we acknowledge and address our history, our institutions, and our spaces is critical to how we move forward. We still have much work to do in acknowledging our complicity in the systemic racism that is present in our organizations, including NJAM itself. We are committed to taking action and continuing to make changes that will bring racial equity to NJAM, our leadership, our membership, and our programs.
We thank those who are continuing to challenge and dismantle systemic oppression. We need to amplify and strengthen the work of our museums to combat institutional racism, injustice, and violence against people of color.
In the coming weeks, NJAM will be hosting programs and sharing resources to support a dialogue among NJ museums that we hope will inspire action. We also will apply these changes to NJAM as an organization.