Featuring Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Embassy Nassau marked Women’s History Month with a three-day series of presentations with a cross-section of Bahamian society focused on gender equality, diversity and inclusion by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Events included a welcome reception hosted by Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Neda Brown on Thursday, March 3 which included representatives from government, educators, clergy, civil society, the arts and women leaders. On March 4, Dr. Cole gave keynote remarks at a gender equality-focused event at SuperClubs Breezes Resort. This event also featured remarks from Minister of Social Services, The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Acting Chargé Brown, and participation by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, The Hon. Philip Davis and his wife Anne Marie Davis, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Hon Dr. Daniel Johnson, other senior government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.
Dr. Cole’s visit also included an informative presentation on the “Power of African Art” hosted by Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts at the Hillside House Art Studio. Dr. Cole also visited Akhepran International Academy for a special assembly with the student body. On Saturday, March 6th, the visit concluded with “Coffee and Conversations” an informal discussion on gender equality and women’s rights at the Ambassador’s Residence with representatives from local non-profit organizations, sororities and fraternities.
Dr. Cole, a distinguished educator and humanitarian, was appointed the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in March 2009. Dr. Cole also served as the 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.