Independent Historian

Barbara Johns is an art historian, curator, and author, who did doctoral studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the former Chief Curator of the Tacoma Art Museum, where she was committed to a program of inclusion. Since working independently, she served as an advisor to the Northwest African American Museum during its formation and continues to assist in exhibition planning. Most recently she was the curator of an exhibition Tacoma’s Civil Rights Struggle: African Americans Leading the Way at the Washington State History Museum in 2008.

The Black Collective, Tacoma, Washington (1970- )

Arising out of Tacoma, Washington’s civil rights struggle in the 1960s, the Black Collective is a volunteer leadership organization engaged in addressing issues affecting the black community of Tacoma and Pierce County.  The Black Collective began as the Concerned Black Citizens in the immediate aftermath … Read MoreThe Black Collective, Tacoma, Washington (1970- )