Museum of Black History and Culture

Congress has passed a bill to establish a national museum of black history and culture, as part of the Smithsonian Institution. Join Neal Conan and guests for a discussion of what should be on display in the new museum.


John Lewis
*Democratic congressman from Georgia

Claudine Brown
*Served as the vice chairperson of the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (working on project since 1990)
*Deputy assistant secretary for museums at the Smithsonian Institution
*Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York

Deborah Willis
*Professor of photography and imaging at New York University
*Author, Reflections in Black: History of Black Photography

Greg Tate
*Writes about African American contemporary culture for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Vibe
*Author, Midnight Lightening: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture

Lonnie Bunch
*President of the Chicago Historical Society
*Historian of American history
*Helped establish the California African American Museum in Los Angeles

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