Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Discusses the Impact of COVID-19 and Racial Turmoil in America

Friday, August 7, 2020 - Lonnie Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Smithsonian and other museums and talks about the current racial unrest in America.

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Lonnie Bunch III is a historian and curator who now serves as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was previously the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Today, he will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Smithsonian Institution and the current racial turmoil in America.

Secretary Bunch is hopeful that this could be a moment of possibility, not unlike other times of unrest that have pushed the country forward. For perhaps the first time, a diverse array of people are acknowledging racism as a universal problem, not just a black problem. But as a historian, he is worried about the effort to completely disregard the contributions of consequential figures like President Woodrow Wilson, who also embraced racist beliefs in their time.

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