Smithsonian Names Members of Council, Advisory Committee for National African American History Museum

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WASHINGTON

The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the institution's governing body, named the members of the founding Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in early December. The new museum will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.

The first federal appropriation for the museum--$3.9 million--has been approved as part of the Smithsonian's FY 2005 budget. The funds will be used for engineering studies, planning and staffing.

The members of the new 19-person council, which includes leaders from business, academia and the arts, will serve terms of one, two or three years. The council will advise the regents on the planning and design of the museum; the acquisition and display of objects; and the administration, operation, maintenance and preservation of the museum. A representative from the Smithsonian office of public relations says that the nominating committee narrowed their search from 100 to 35 candidates, and from there chose individuals who could do two specific things: bring distinction to the museum and; make contributions of service that would ensure collectively the launching of the museum.

The 17 members appointed to the council are, in alphabetical order:

* Dr. James Ireland Cash, retired James E. Robison Professor and senior associate dean, Harvard Business School

* Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express Co.

* Ann M. Fudge, chairwoman and CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands

* James A. Johnson, vice chairman, Perseus L.L.C.

* Robert L. Johnson, founder and CEO, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the RLJ Cos.

* Quincy Jones, producer and multimedia entrepreneur

* Ann D. Jordan, consultant for Northpoint Technology

* Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, United Negro College Fund

* Dr. …