Today I received an e-mail from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (see below). When the museum first opened I was sure I made a donation. Thanks to that donation I receive e-mails from them occasionally. Today’s e-mail told me about some exciting news!
On Friday, November 1, the Smithsonian Institution made history with the installation of Lonnie G. Bunch III as Secretary of the largest museum and research complex in the world. Only fourteen individuals have been appointed Secretary since the Smithsonian was founded in 1846, and Secretary Bunch is the first African American to hold this prestigious position. In case you missed the momentous ceremony or would like to watch it again, you can watch the video here:
Your support for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has been pivotal to the success of both the Museum and Secretary Bunch. As founding director of the Museum (and, previously, as a staff member and scholar at both the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), he is uniquely prepared to lead the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and multiple education units and centers. The entire Smithsonian will benefit from his visionary leadership.
We often refer to the Museum’s mission as “A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story.” Because of friends like you, another landmark step in a people’s journey has been made. Today, the lens of the African American experience adds greater dimension to the Smithsonian mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Together we will write the next chapter in this great American story.