Lonnie G. Bunch III

NOTE: Unavailable for lectures until after fall 2020. See link below for Dr. Bunch's 2019-20 National Book Tour for "A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump."

Lonnie G. Bunch III

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian. As Secretary, he oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers. Previously, Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the recipient of the 2017 OAH Friend of History Award. Previously he served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society, the associate director for curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, an education specialist with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and a curator of history for the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. He has written several books, including Black Angelenos: The African American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950 and the exhibition catalog, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (2000).

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  • Black America and the California Dream
  • Interpreting African American History in American Museums
  • Race, Aviation, and Social Change: The African American in Early Aviation