Friday, May 8, 2015

Museums are the last safe space to discuss why #BlackLivesMatter

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE
By Menachem Wecker

Back at the conference, Lonnie Bunch, the museum's founding director told about 115 attendees that the developments in Baltimore were the latest in a series that has sparked a national conversation. People used to call museums “cathedrals,” said Bunch, who previously directed the Chicago Historical Society and held curatorial positions at the California African American Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in an interview. Religion is treated differently in Chicago—which is “comfortable with the political, cultural and business communities coming together to discuss issues”—than it is in Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles, he said. [link]