Senator Josh Becker of Menlo Park presented a symbolic $2 million check to Carolyn Hoskins on Feb. 2, kicking off Black History Month at the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum and setting the traveling collection on a path towards a permanent home.
As reported in The Almanac, Becker negotiated for the funding in the state Senate last year. “These funds will ensure that this revered pillar of our community remains accessible and the lessons that it provides will continue to be taught,” Becker said in his office’s press release.
The San Mateo County Event Center, which serves as the fiscal agent for the museum, announced its hope of turning the pop-up museum’s current location, Redwood City’s 890 Jefferson Ave., into a year-round learning center.
“The Domini Hoskins Black History Museum and Learning Center is a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives and the importance of preserving and sharing Black history all year, not just for a designated month,” said CEO Dana Stoehr in a San Mateo County Event Center press release.
The idea for the museum came to Hoskins in 1997, while helping her grandson Domini with a Black History Month assignment. After two years of reports on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., young Domini was fed up.