Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Conversation on the Congressional Black Caucus

National Archives Hosts an *American Conversation* with Rep. James Clyburn on Sept. 24

August 14, 2007

National Archives Hosts an "American Conversation" with Rep. James Clyburn on Sept. 24

"From Protest to Power": A Conversation on the Congressional Black Caucus

Washington, D.C*. Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an "American Conversation" with Congressman James E. Clyburn, Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday, September 24, at 7 P.M. Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will co-moderate this discussion of the Caucus's past, present, and future.

The "American Conversations" series is part of the National Archives' public programs and focuses on American history and identity. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lynne Cheney, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, and historian John Hope Franklin were among those featured in previous programs, which may be viewed on the National Archives web site at

Events in this series are held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, N.W. and fully accessible. All programs in the "American Conversations" series are free and open to the public. Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please email or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

Congressman James E. Clyburn of South Carolina was unanimously elected Majority Whip for the 110th Congress on November 16th, 2006, becoming the first South Carolinian and the second African American to ascend to the third ranking position in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected in 1992, he is currently serving his ninth term in Congress. He is the author, with Jennifer Revels, of Uncommon Courage: The Story of Briggs v. Elliott, South Carolina's Unsung Civil Rights Battle (Palmetto Conservation Foundation Press, 2004).

Lonnie G. Bunch is the first director of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to this appointment, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (January 2001-June 2005). He has held several positions at the Smithsonian, working at the National Air and Space Museum and was the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of American History. Bunch served as the curator of history and program manager for the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1989. He has held teaching positions at the American University, the University of Massachusetts, and at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1989-2000). Bunch has published numerous books and magazine articles on topics ranging from African American history to cultural experiences in Japan.

Archivist Allen Weinstein is a former Professor of History who has held professorships at Boston University, Georgetown University, and Smith College, and is the author of numerous essays and books, including The Story of America (2002), The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era (1999), Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (1978 & 1997), and Freedom and Crisis: An American History (3rd edition, 1981). From 1985 to 2003, he served as President of The Center for Democracy in Washington, DC. His international awards include the United Nations Peace Medal (1986).

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