America I AM:
The African American Imprint is a touring museum
exhibition celebrating nearly 500 years of African American
contributions to the nation through artifacts, documents,
multimedia, photos and music. It will open at the Cincinnati Museum
Center June 19 and run through January 2, 2011.
The exhibition endeavors to bring together Americans of all
cultures, ages, and backgrounds to celebrate and further understand
the indelible African American imprint on this country.
Twelve galleries encompassing about 13,000 square feet take
visitors through a journey from struggle to triumph to celebration.
The exhibition includes more than 200 artifacts including:
· the doors to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana
(Doors of No Return)
· Alex Haley’s typewriter used to
· personal effects of Malcolm X
· the door key and stool from the Birmingham jail
cell that held Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
· sports memorabilia from Michael Jordan, Arthur
Ashe and Muhammad Ali
· items from entertainers such as Etta James,
Michael Jackson and Prince
The exhibition was developed in partnership with Tavis Smiley
and organized by Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI) and the
Cincinnati Museum Center.
John Fleming, president of the Association for the Study of
African American Life and History, and director emeritus of
Museums, the Cincinnati Museum Center, is executive producer.
America I AM is made possible by its proud sponsor, Walmart Stores,
Inc. Northern Trust is the exhibition’s educational
partner, and Microsoft is the technology partner for the
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