Gayle Anderson was live at the California Science Center to experience the exhibit "RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?" open to the public now through December 31st, 2009.

"RACE" explores the science, history and personal experiences of race, helping us understand what race is and what it is not. The exhibit provides guests the opportunity to think and talk about one of our nation's most challenging issues and encourages us to rethink our assumptions of race and human variation. Through multimedia, interactive exhibits and imagery, "RACE" gives guests of all ages the opportunity to think and talk about a topic that touches our lives daily.

Highlights include: *A 3D trip into your cells *A walk in someone else's shoes *Discovering humans are more alike genetically than any other species. *Matching voices with people in photos, with surprising results *Watching an insightful movie of a teenage girl's experience *Testing your knowledge of sports facts and stereotypes *Learning about grouping and its affects *Posting your comments in a race blog

"RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?" gives the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life and the ability to challenge popular notions of race.

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ALSO at the California Science Center, the west coast debut of "America I AM: The African American Imprint", a touring exhibition presented by broadcaster Tavis Smiley celebrating nearly 500 years of African American contributions to the U.S. The showing at the California Science Center from October 30, 2009 to April 10, 2010, will be the third stop on the exhibition's 10-city, four-year tour, following Philadelphia's National Constitution Center and the Atlanta Civic Center.

"America I AM" is a nearly 13,000 square-foot presentation of pivotal moments in courage,conviction and creativity that celebrate the undeniable imprint of African Americans on our nation and around the world. Through more than 200 rare historic objects, documents, photos and multimedia, visitors can explore how African Americans have contributed to and shaped American culture across four core areas: economic, socio-political, cultural and spiritual. The exhibition relates important events and people from the beginnings of the nation up through the present-day inauguration of the first African American president. Tickets are available beginning today at or 213-744-2019.

"America I AM: The African American Imprint" is developed in partnership with Tavis Smiley, and is organized by Cincinnati Museum Center and Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI), a division of AEG Live. AEI also organized the King Tut exhibition that drew nearly 1 million visitors to LACMA in 2005.

"America I AM: The African American Imprint" encourages all people to connect in a meaningful way with the foundations of democracy, cultural diversity, exploration, and free enterprise, which began when the first Africans arrived in Jamestown," said presenter Tavis Smiley. "By telling the stories of the events of the past, we can help the leaders of the future set the stage for active participation in the democratic process for years to come."

Exhibition organizers worked with some of the most notable scholars in the field to develop America I AM, one of the broadest on this subject ever mounted. Among others, advisory panel members include Lawrence J. Pijeaux Jr., president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and immediate past president of the Association of African American Museums; Cornel West, professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University; and Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research at Harvard University. John Fleming, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, serves as executive producer.

"We are pleased to host this exhibition, together with RACE: Are We So Different? and related programming with the California African American Museum," notes Jeffrey Rudolph, president of the California Science Center. "The two exhibitions are complementary; "America I Am" highlights the contributions of African Americans and opens a dialogue about our collective experience and the RACE exhibit encourages guests to explore the science and everyday impact of race and racism."

Through 12 galleries, America I AM conveys a journey from struggle to triumph to celebration. Visitors will walk past the "Door of No Return" and view personal artifacts and innovations from African American artists, activists and inventors. An interactive area allows visitors to leave their own video "imprints," a collection that will grow throughout the tour with the potential to become the largest recorded oral history project in U.S. history.

Among the poignant pieces in the exhibition are: • "The Door of No Return" from the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, which enslaved Africans passed through to board ships to the "New World" • The typewriter Alex Haley used to write the groundbreaking book, Roots • Items from contemporary icons including Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jordan, Tupac, and others • Objects representing the African American troops that fought and impacted the outcome of major U.S. wars • 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 that Muhammad Ali wore during training for the "Rumble in the Jungle," where he defeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman • And many other important items from the beginnings of our nation through today "From King Tut to America I AM, which conveys a meaningful contemporary story, our hope in bringing these world-class exhibitions to Los Angeles is that visitors will leave uplifted and informed, with a richer understanding of the culture and history of this country, and the world," said John Norman, president of AEI.

"America I AM" is made possible by Walmart Stores, Inc., which serves as its presenting sponsor. The exhibition's educational partner is Northern Trust. Microsoft is the technology partner for the tour.

OF RELATED INTEREST: Visitors can delve deeper into topics of race, culture and civil rights by exploring other related exhibitions, programs, and films on view at the California African American Museum - Tuskegee Airmen, Harlem of the West: Jazz, Bebop and Beatnik San Francisco's Fillmore District 40s-50s, After 1968; An Idea Called Tomorrow I (, California Science Center - RACE: Are We So Different? (, and the Skirball Cultural Center - Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968, An Idea Called Tomorrow II, Breach of Peace: Photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge (

AMERICA I AM TICKET INFORMATION: 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 is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 pm.

Tickets for America I AM: The African American Imprint are currently on sale. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets by phone at 213-744-2019 or at beginning Friday. America I AM 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). Member rates, including Science Center, California African American Museum and Skirball Center members, are $8.50 for adults (18-59); $7 for students/youth (13-17), college students with I.D. and seniors (60+); and $5 for children (4-12). School groups are admitted free; special rates apply for other groups of 15 or more. The exhibition's group information number is 213-744-2019. Audio guides are also available at $5 for adults and children, $4 for member adults and children. Admission to all other Science Center exhibits is free. More information about the exhibition and tickets is available at or


California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 323-SCIENCE


AND, don't forget right next door the the California Science Center, there are MORE artifacts of African American life at the exhibit TUSKEGEE AIRMAN: THE JOURNEY TO FLIGHT. The exhibit is open to the public now through November 29th.

For more information, contact: "Tuskegee Airman: The Journey to Flight" California African American Museum 600 State Drive / Exposition Park Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90037 1-213-744-7432