About Museum J.E.D.I.

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Omar Eaton-Martínez

"{Social} Justice what love looks like in public”. In light of this quote and as we continue to consider museums as sites for social action and places of inclusion and belonging our first question as museum folks should be “Where is the love?” Where is the love that will allow us to see the humanity in one another?” ~ Dr. Cornel West

Omar is the host of The Museum J.E.D.I. Show podcast that host discussions on the intersections of museums and social justice. Currently, he leads the Prince George’s County Historical Resources which include historical house museums, an aviation museum, the Black History Program and archaeological parks. He oversees the programming of those sites with an emphasis placed on preserving, sustaining and enhancing these resources as well as engaging and building communities through education, outreach and innovation. He hasrecently worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, National Park Service,the Office of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, NASA and he also was a K-12teacher in NYC and DC.He has had a leading roles in racial equity organizations like Museums and Race: Transformation andJustice, Museum Hue as well as a part of

the Museum as Site for Social Action project. His research interests are Afro Latinx identity in museum exhibitions, Diversity and Inclusion in museums and cultural institutions; and Hip Hop history, culture, and education. Moreover, he has supported public history projects centering on blackness in Puerto Rico. In 2019, Omar was selected to be an American Alliance of Museums Diversity. Equity. Accessibility.Inclusion (DEAI) Senior Fellow, which is dedicated to diversifying museum boards and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission. In 2020, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of African American Museums. In 2021, he was elected to be the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Association of African American Museums, where he has served on the board since 2020. In January 2022, he began a multiple-year term on the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.