“Would America have been America without her Negro people?” W.E.B. DuBois
Earlier this week Tavis Smiley announced his involvement and sponsorship of the America I AM, a traveling museum exhibit showcasing "400 years of African American contributions to the nation through artifacts, documents, multimedia, photos and music." An interactive companion website will be launched later this summer.
In addition, there is an "America I AM" ambassador program. There aren't too many details on this yet, but I'm assuming it's an opportunity to be a museum docent. You can sign up for updates and more information by clicking here (pdf).
Mr. Smiley is the host of a syndicated talk show on PBS. In addition, he also hosts a daily show on Public Radio International. Newsweek profiled him as one of the "20 people changing how Americans get their news" and dubbed him one of the nation's "captains of the airwaves." For me, his PBS show is "must see tv." He is hands down, one of the best interviewers/journalists on tv.
America I AM is a wonderful opportunity for educators to take students on a field trip--either in person to the traveling exhibition or through the to be launched virtual exhibit to learn more about African American experience and contributions.