Director of National Museums Liverpool Dr. David Fleming has come on board as an Honorary International chair of the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWT-Awards) events that will take place in Atlanta, Ga. USA April 15-17, 2016. He joins a stellar group of other leaders from around the globe who will help support ADWT-Awards, which is the first of its kind honoring leaders who have influenced black cultural heritage tourism.
Since becoming director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001, Dr. Fleming has supervised the completion of several major capital projects, including the opening of the International Slavery Museum in 2007 which welcomed its millionth visitor by 2010. The International Slavery Museum was the first museum of its kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery, and it is also an international hub for resources on human rights issues.
Dr. Fleming set up the International Slavery Museum to shed more light on one of the darker, most shameful and neglected areas in history. His vision for the International Slavery Museum is to promote the understanding of transatlantic slavery and its enduring impact, and to address ignorance and misunderstanding by looking at the deep and permanent impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe. “Its aim is to end racism, ignorance and intolerance and inequality,” says Dr. Fleming.
Since Dr. Fleming became Director of National Museums Liverpool, visitors have quadrupled, rising from around 700,000 per year to more than 3.2 million. Past president of the UK Museums Association, Dr. Fleming is also Founding president of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums and founding president of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums. Dr. Fleming sits on various boards in England and currently serves as Chairman, Mayor of Liverpool’s Cultural Heritage Task and Finish Group, Vice Chair and Treasurer, European Museum Forum, Special Advisor, International Museum of Democracy, Rosario, Argentina and Founding President of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums to name a few. He has published extensively and has lectured and advised museums, municipalities and governments worldwide in more than forty countries on museum management and leadership, city history museums, museum ethics, cultural heritage management, social inclusion and human rights.
Dr. Fleming, who has long challenged the idea that museums should remain neutral and a-political, says that the most potent weapon at our disposal is education; the essence of museums, and the essence of the International Slavery Museum. He is honored to support the ADWT-Awards event by serving as an honorary chair.
Other international honorary chairs include: 1) Dr. Ewart Brown, Lou D’Amore, founder and president of International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) who is also a strategic partner for ADWT-Awards.
Also, returning as an honorary chair for the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards are Naomi King and Joe Beasley. Naomi King is the sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Joe Beasley is
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