Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Founding Director of the National Museum of
African American History & Culture in conversation with Amy Goodman Host, Democracy Now!

Busboys and Poets Books welcomes Secretary of the Smithsonian, Lonnie G Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, to discuss his new book “A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump”.
This is the author’s first public event in Washington, DC.

Secretary Bunch will be in conversation with Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020 6:30 PM
Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In A Fool’s Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to bear to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans.

This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum’s mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.

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