Nakia Hoskins: Living History
Executive Assistant and Program Coordinator of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum Nakia Hoskins began her career as a tour guide three years ago.
“It’s nice to educate people, to watch lights turn on because you’re making connections not only from history but things that are sadly still happening today,” said Hoskins. “I think it’s rewarding to know we are a source of inspiration and to be a part of that. Having an hour and 15 minutes to completely pour out your passion so people can not only understand the importance of this place, but to keep the spirit in what this place stands for.”
With a degree in African American studies from UNC Chapel Hill, Hoskins was happy to do work in her degree field.
“It appealed to my interest. I think it’s cool to tell history by making connections today while being on a historical site.”
Hoskins has now been executive assistant for a year with the program coordinator duties later added.
“You have to wear many hats,” said Hoskins. “Luckily here, not only do they train you but also believe you can wear the many hats and hope you excel.
“The most challenging part is the nonprofit struggle of not having enough hands on board to build the big dream that we all dream. So it is challenging having to make sure all the moving parts are there but you don’t have someone to man them all. It’s challenging but at the same time, it re-affirms the passion we have here. Challenging, yes, but still rewarding because it still gets done.”
Hoskins loves reaching out to both children and adults who have lived through what they talk about in the museum.
“It’s a highlight when eight grade or high schoolers really can connect and see they are just like these people that they are learning about,” she said. “It’s a highlight for them to know that the work isn’t over. It’s a highlight that after a tour you have an ovation. People are clapping and shaking your hand and telling you that this is awesome, this is the best field trip or teachers say ‘I’ve never seen my students this quiet for an hour.’”
“There is also the flip side of people who lived in that era. People have their own first-hand account but still come in and shake your hand and tell you did an awesome job.”
Hoskins’ future plans are to work to draw in more audiences to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum located on Elm Street in the heart of Downtown Greensboro.