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A Universal Human History Aspiration for Justice

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Black History: A Universal Human History Aspiration for Justice
Conversation with Director Lonnie Bunch at 18.30 in the UCL Cruciform Building
Join us from 17:30 for a reception at the Grant Museum of Zoology

The Black Cultural Archives, Facing History & Ourselves and UCL Culture are pleased to invite you to join us for a civil dialogue to celebrate Black History Month with Director Lonnie Bunch, Smithsonian National African American Museum of Culture and History & Honorary Senior Fellow at UCL.

The narrative of the African-American struggle for freedom, liberation and belonging represents a universal human history aspiration for justice. How does this struggle read in the context of the Black Experience in the United Kingdom? What are the challenges documenting and memorialising the histories of that experience in a cultural institution? How should we develop approaches to teaching “Black Histories" so that they become integrated into our curriculums? How can we weave them into broader human histories of liberation and affirming human dignity?

In conversation, Dr Bunch will reflect on his and the team’s efforts to interpret these human histories in the context of a new museum and the challenge of encouraging the citizens of a multiracial and multicultural democracy to come see, experience and reflect on this living legacy.

Together we will explore what learning we in the United Kingdom may draw on today in our ongoing struggle to build a 21st Century democracy based on shared values, human dignity, civility, inclusion and respect for all.

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The reception will be held in the Grant Museum of Zoology Find us

These building are on opposite sides of University Street.


About Director Lonnie Bunch

As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Director Lonnie Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community. Prior to his July 2005 appointment as director of NMAAHC, Bunch, served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society, one of the nation’s oldest museums of history (January 2001-June 2005). Bunch has written on topics ranging from slavery, the black military experience, the American presidency and all black towns in the American west to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums.

In 2010, he published the award-winning book “Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums.” “Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives” was published in 2014 and in 2015 he published “Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives.” In 2016, Bunch co-authored “From No Return: the 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship Sao Jose.” In 2017, he authored for the World Economic Forum in Davos Agenda (blog), “America, Slavery and how Museums can help to heal Fractured Societies.” Since 2008, Bunch has served as the series co-editor of the “New Public Scholarship Edition” of the University of Michigan Press.

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