July 9, 2010

Would America Have Been America Without Her Negro People?

"Would America have been America without her Negro people?" asked famous scholar W.E.B. Du Bois.   Our recent celebration of Indepenence Day reinforced the need for us to continually look back and honor everyone who took part in her creation.

Walmart Stores, Inc. Regional General Manager David Gose, Cincinnati Museum Center President and CEO Douglass McDonald, exhibition presenter Tavis Smiley and Arts and Exhibitions International Senior Vice President Mark Lach stand in front of a specially decorated Metro bus to celebrate the opening of America I AM: The African American Imprint at Cincinnati Museum Center.

Tavis Smiley brought America I AM: The African American Imprint to the Cincinnati Museum Center so that we might explore the many ways that African Americans helped develop the United States.

This 15,000 square-foot exhibition is divided into 12 galleries that house an assembly of over 200 artifacts representing nearly 500 years of American history. Travel through time on a journey from struggle to triumph to experience how African Americans throughout history have shaped us as Americans today.

America I AM is a four-year traveling museum that has allowed people from all over the United Stated to leave their own video "imprints" through one of the exhibit's interactive pieces. This piece will continue to grow as the exhibit travels from city to city, and has potential to become the largest recorded oral history project in the U.S.

Don't miss the chance to not only learn the history of a highly influential group of people, but to become a part of history yourself. America I AM is now open at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Click here for ticket and time details.

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