Washington Post: Lonnae O'Neal Parker, October 4, 2013
Lonnie G. Bunch, founding
director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American
History and Culture, has had the same motto for much of the past decade.
“Of course it’s going to happen,” he says when questioned about the
opening, the progress or pretty much anything connected with the
under-construction museum set to open in fall 2015.
“As much as I knew how complicated this was going to be —
building on the site, getting staff — it’s 10 times more complicated
than I ever imagined,” Bunch says.
Bunch, who says there’s not a U.S. airport he hasn’t touched down at in
the past two years, credits Smithsonian support and random well-wishes
from the public for helping to keep him going. It’s been a faith walk
he says — a belief in the African American ability to improvise, to be
strategic and nimble. “I really do believe there are a whole lot of
ancestors helping to make this happen,” Bunch says.