Telling stories of the past to shape the future

February 28, 2020 | GET MORE : Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Dr. Bernice King and NMAAHC Curator Mary Elliott are featured in new episode of the U.S. Bank Podcast 

Available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify and more, the latest episode of the U.S. Bank Podcast explores how telling stories of the past can guide understanding of the present and help shape the future. 

The split conversation first features Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking in Atlanta at a U.S. Bank and Elavon event launching the newest chapter of the African American Business Resource Group at the company. 

King talked about her journey reconciling being herself and being her parents’ daughter, saying, “My mother would tell me that I do not have to be my father to be my best self. [Still], when you are born into a family that has made such an impact, you feel an obligation to keep that alive.”

Then Mary Elliott, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, joined U.S. Bank Chief Diversity Officer Greg Cunningham to talk about opening the museum in 2016, the curatorial process and using the physical space to tell a story. 

Of the museum, Elliott said, “It is American history, told through the African American lens.”

Last year, U.S. Bank pledged a five-year investment of $1 million in the National Museum of African American History & Culture, joining the Corporate Leadership Council of corporate donors whose values reflect a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“The National Museum of African American History & Culture is an icon,” said U.S. Bank’s Cunningham, adding that he has been through it four times. “Every American should visit.”

Listen to this and other U.S. Bank Podcast episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more.

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