America I AM: The African American Imprint

Tavis Smiley walks with daughter(L) & sister(R) of Martin Luther King Jr.

I recently got the opportunity to experience the America I AM tour at the California Science Center on a Sunday afternoon.  The blessing came from a friend who gave me a spare ticket to go with her church group.  The America I AM exhibit will remain at the California Science Center until April 15, 2010.  The tour is traveling for the next four years to 10 cities.  It is the brainchild of Radio and TV Host Tavis Smiley.

Take the time to see clothing worn by Frederick Douglass, the shackles worn by slaves, the invention of the traffic light by Garrett Morgan more. It is a great opportunity for people of various cultures to gain an understanding of the past to help toward a brighter future- Crystal Johnson- MCCN Editor

America I AM: The African American Imprint is a four-year touring museum exhibition that celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to this country.

America I AM provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore this uniquely American story. With the nation’s first African American president, America I AM endeavors to bring together Americans of all backgrounds to achieve a greater understanding of their shared culture and history.

Scholar W.E.B. Du Bois once wrote, “Would America have been America without her Negro people?”

To examine the answer to that question, AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint
is mounted as the broadest museum exhibition of its kind. An assembly of poignant artifacts representing nearly 500 years of American history, the exhibition will convey and celebrate the undeniable imprint African Americans have had on the country and the world.

Core Themes
Covering history from the arrival of Africans to the present day, the exhibition presents a collection of pivotal moments of courage, conviction, and creativity that have shaped the culture and society in which we live today in this nation and around the world.

The exhibition examines four themes in particular: economic, socio-political, cultural, and spiritual impact on America. These themes serve as recurring touch points throughout the galleries, as visitors discover how our experience as Americans has been shaped by African Americans throughout history. Read More

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