Griff, Co-Founder of Black History 101 Mobile Museum
Throughout his years with Public Enemy, Professor Griff made quite the reputable persona with roles such as the band's Grand Minister of Information, as well as Chief Security to The S1W's. In later years, fans began to see the rapper/poet extend his roles onto larger platforms, such as donning that of an educator and author.
Today, hip-hop acknowledges another addition onto the list: Professor Griff, co-founder of the Black History 101 mobile museum.
Partnering with Khalid El-Hakim, the two have accomplished an approximate of two hundred artifacts, all of which reflective of times dating from slavery, to golden age hip-hop, as well as it's more contemporary culture.
Specializing it's specifics on Black History, the museum provides audiences with in-depth lectures abundant in historical context. The museum is set-up at WCC.
In regard to Black History month, Griff mentioned it deserves more recognition. “Black History gets pushed to the background. The first wee was the Super Bowl, the second week was the Grammy's, this week is the All Star Weekend, and next weekend is the Oscar's.”
Nevertheless, Griff and El-Hahim are adamant on both the preservation and furtherance of Black History. Today, the museum operates with about seven thousand artifacts and has traveled across the country, educating audiences of all ages through its trinkets.
“I heard this every morning in my home, my mom drilling it in me,” adds Griff, “You have to work twice as hard, three times as hard to accomplish what you want to accomplish.”
By Jods Arboleda for PublicEnemy.com