I AM CERTIFIED: Reimagining Blackness and Architecture

Reimagining Blackness

community archives & architecture

About Reimagining Blackness Towards the ending of November 2021, I found out about this course and decided to enroll in the six-week opportunity offered by MoMA. I thought a lot about community archives and architecture in the United States during the weeks that I engaged in this course. It helped me go deeper about why African American people do not share or archive their history as it relates to spaces.

Reimagining Blackness and Architecture deals with recognizing how race and racism shape architecture and the built environments and the roles we as individuals play in creating a just and equitable world. In like manner, explore work by Black architects and artists and discover how Black makers have shaped and reimagined the built environment.

Olalekan Jeyifous, “Plant Seeds Grow Blessings,” 2020 for Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. Courtesy of Olalekan Jeyifous. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Germane Barnes, No Beach Access, 2020 for Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
kYmberly Keeton’s account is verified. Coursera certifies the student’s successful completion of Reimagining Blackness and Architecture.

Many of the architects, artists, and writers who were introduced in this course allowed me the chance to view African American spaces built through a progressive lens. Undoubtedly I wonder if there will ever be an opportunity for a space to be built (that actually exists in the physical) where Black people feel that they belong without apology.


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