Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past


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Race and Our Shared Future. A message from Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III.

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Lonnie Bunch: “At a moment when our country is in crisis, we the Smithsonian have a responsibility to help our nation move forward.  

To transform our understanding of race and racism.  

To amplify the voices of the communities we serve. 

To bring people together across different backgrounds, races, experiences, and beliefs.   

To create a space for all Americans to recognize how much they have in common: shared history, shared heritage, shared hopes for the future.”  

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- Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III.    

Follow @Smithsonian on social media to join us for #RaceAndOurSharedFuture. 

Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past is an ambitious commitment to the nation that will draw on the full breadth of Smithsonian expertise, research, and collections. Through virtual town hall conversations, in-person and digital exhibitions, film screenings, teacher training programs, and more, the Smithsonian will provide context and tools for people to talk openly about their experiences and take action against racism and intolerance. 

Beginning this summer, programming will be presented nationally and locally, engaging people in communities across the country on issues relating to race and equity.


To explore the history and legacy of race and racism in the United States and globally. The initiative seeks to spark positive social change and build a more equitable shared future through interdisciplinary scholarship, creative partnerships, dialogue, and engagement. 


To create a hopeful future for all people using history and reconciliation to contextualize and transform our understandings and responses to race and racism.


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