Director of Education and Engagement
International African American Museum
Brenda Tindal is an award-winning educator, scholar, and museum practitioner. Tindal is the Director of Education & Engagement at the International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston, SC, where she provides leadership in the areas of K-16 curriculum development, public programming, community engagement and outreach efforts.
In 2003, Tindal launched her career in the museum field at Levine Museum of the New South, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was part of the curatorial team that developed Courage: The Carolina Story that Changed America, an exhibit on the region’s role in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education (1954). The exhibit was awarded the National Medal for Museum Service in 2005—the nation’s highest honor awarded to museums and libraries. In 2015, Tindal became Levine’s first woman and African American, to serve as Staff Historian and Senior Vice-President of Research and Collections.
Tindal is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2011 Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) at Princeton University—where she co-curated Your True Friend and Enemy: Princeton and the Civil War exhibit and served as a key researcher for the Princeton & Slavery project.
Additionally, she is a Ph.D. Candidate at Emory University and is completing a dissertation entitled, “What Our Common Past Had Done to Us”: Movement Widows in American Public Life, 1963-2013—a survey of the social and political trajectory of Coretta Scott King, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and Betty Shabazz—activists and widows of martyred civil rights leaders.
Tuesday, May 21
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM