The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture newest exhibition, EMPOWERED! Black Action Figures, Superheroes & Collectibles, opens on Wednesday, August 21. The exhibition will run until February 23, 2020.
Black characters in the role of superhero and action star is a relatively new phenomenon. Visitors will explore this limited collection of figures played by black actors in starring roles as hero… and the occasional supervillain. The action figures cover the expansive world of pop culture from Star Wars and Star Trek to Marvel and DC Comics. Of special note in the exhibition is Omega Man, a superhero created by writer and publisher Alonso Washington, whose action figure came in two skin tones – so every young child could see a hero that looked like them.
“This is a fun exhibition and it’s very relatable. It’s also a teachable moment for our audiences to understand the complex nature of black superheroes and collectibles,” says Jackie Copeland, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland’s largest museum dedicated to the State’s African American experience. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, community events and family programming.