We are thrilled that Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has been named the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian. He goes from overseeing one museum, to 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, nine research centers, and several education units and centers that make up the 173-year old Institution. After 40 years of working with museums, Bunch is singularly qualified as a leading historian and public intellectual, to take on this huge challenge, and we wish him well. For more on his appointment, visit NMAAHC’s website.
Residents and visitors to Washington, DC who have been eagerly watching the construction at the Kennedy Center’s $250-million REACH expansion site will be happy to hear that the REACH will finally open in September 2019. The Kennedy Center is throwing a REACH Opening Festival from September 7-22, and with more than 400 events planned, there will be something for everyone. All events are free, and reservations for timed passes will be required for entry. So check in at the Kennedy Center website for more details now, and in the coming months as they add more entertainers.
Reproductive choice has been all over the news as several states have enacted draconian laws to threaten Roe vs. Wade. Global News Canada recently interviewed the National Women’s Health Network’s Executive Director Cindy Pearson, about the potential closing of Missouri’s last clinic offering abortion services. Since this interview aired, a judge has blocked the closing for now. Visit the Global News Canada website to see the video.
The American Film Institute recently honored actor Denzel Washington with a Life Achievement Award, at a star-studded event featuring Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson, and Chadwick Boseman. So we didn’t get to rub elbows with Hollywood royalty, but we can all enjoy the event when it airs on TNT on June 20 at 10:00 pm. Visit the American Film Institute’s website for an article on the event and Denzel’s contributions to film.