America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition takes visitors on a journey from struggle to triumph to celebration as it covers 500 years of African American contributions to our country and the world through artifacts, multimedia, and programs visitors explore the influence and innovations of African Americans.
At the California Science Center in Exposition Park:
• Door of No Return from the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, which enslaved Africans passed through to board ships to the “New World”
• Malcolm X’s journal and personal Koran
• The door key and stool from the Birmingham jail cell that held Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he authored “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
• Frederick Douglass’ clothing and letter from President Lincoln that enabled him to move among Union lines recruiting black soldiers
• The robe Muhammad Ali wore during training for the “Rumble in the Jungle,” where he defeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman
• Items from Tupac Shakur, Magic Johnson, Serena Williams, Carl Lewis, NASA astronauts, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix.
The 13,000 square-foot presentation continues until April 15 and is sponsored by Tavis Smiley.
Tickets for America I AM: The African American Imprint are available at the Science Center box office, by phone at 323-SCIENCE or 213-744-2019 or at ww.californiasciencecenter.org. Admission prices are $9.50 for adults (18-59); $8.50 for students/youth (13-17), college students with I.D. and seniors (60+); and $6 for children (4-12). Admission to all other Science Center exhibits is free.
The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The Science Center and America I AM are open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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