A Fool's Errand by Lonnie G. Bunch audiobook

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

By Lonnie G. Bunch
Read by J. D. Jackson

Highbridge Audio 9781588346681
12.83 Hours Unabridged
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In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. Outlining the challenges of site choice, architect selection, building design, and the compilation of an unparalleled collection of African American artifacts, Bunch also delves into his personal struggles—especially the stress of a high-profile undertaking—and the triumph of establishing such an institution without mentors or guidebooks to light the way. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity. This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only listeners working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Literary Hub Pick of the Month's Best Audiobooks

In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans.

Outlining the challenges of site choice, architect selection, building design, and the compilation of an unparalleled collection of African American artifacts, Bunch also delves into his personal struggles—especially the stress of a high-profile undertaking—and the triumph of establishing such an institution without mentors or guidebooks to light the way. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity.

This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only listeners working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This book begins like a mystery, unfolds like a thriller, and ends like a romance novel of love for a people whose heritage has been hostage to hostility and ignorance. Lonnie Bunch led in creating a monumental institution that will stand the test of time.” Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author
“This book serves as much more than an overview of the NMAAHC…as Bunch addresses the ways in which public spaces must be disrupted and dehierarchized to change cultural narratives.” Library Journal (starred review)
“JD Jackson’s exemplary narration draws listeners into this account…With his warm and inviting tone, Jackson fully inhabits the thoughtful and perceptive persona of the author, who was the museum’s founding director, to such a degree that listeners will be convinced they are hearing the author’s own voice. Especially impressive is his pacing, which is assured but leisurely enough that listeners will eagerly anticipate his next words as they are swept along the narrative of this important mission…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Tells a challenging and ultimately inspiring story of struggle, perseverence, and uplift.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Lonnie G. Bunch III

Author Bio: Lonnie G. Bunch III

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 12.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English