In the Media: Smithsonian Curator Dr. Dwandalyn Reece ’85 Discusses Legacy of Blackface, CBS, NPR

Dr. Dwandalyn Reese

Dr. Dwandalyn Reece ’85, curator of music and performing arts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS This Morning discussing the history of blackface— the practice of white performers using black makeup on their faces to caricature Black Americans. “The lingering images of blackface and minstrelsy . . . [and] knowing the history and how painful these images were to African Americans, and [how it] set off a way off stereotyping and dehumanizing people based on the color of their skin—those images are tied to a legacy of oppression and slavery and objectifying and devaluing people, said Reece on CBS This Morning.