Would America Have Been America Without Her Negro People?
W.E.B. DuBois, 1903
“America I AM: The African American Imprint” is a new innovative traveling museum exhibition. This unique traveling exhibit will feature a collection of historically significant African American documents and artifacts, music, and cultural memorabilia that highlight every period of U.S. history.
On an unprecedented level, this exhibition will provide visitors with a riveting, revealing and revelatory presentation of one of America’s greatest legacies – the wide-ranging impact African Americans have had on the nation and the world.
In addition, the one-of-a-kind “America I AM” experiential super truck, which will cross the United States stopping at places of historic significance and African-American museums until the exhibition opens in November.
Through more than 150 extraordinary artifacts, fascinating photographs, captivating multimedia, and enthralling stories, “America, I AM: The African American Imprint” endeavors to present a big picture to visitors that would open their eyes to a historical continuum of pivotal moments in courage, conviction and creativity, that solidifies the undeniable imprint of African Americans across the nation and around the world.
The goal of the exhibition and its accompanying educational programs, pamphlets, lectures, film series, and other activities is to highlight the complicated, convoluted, but also inspiring history of how African Americans have had an indelible imprint on the life, history, and culture of the United States and the world.
The experiential truck will begin its tour on July 4th from Los Angeles leading to the opening of the exhibition on November 29th, 2008. Over the next four years, the exhibit will make its journey across the country, stopping in 9 other major museums before reaching its final destination at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
VIRTUAL TOURS start on-line today. For a little taste of what’s to come and where the exhibit will travel to, visit http://www.americaiam.org/