Rekindling The Bond: Reflect Respond Renew

Rekindling The Bond

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 (6:00 pm)

Testimonials from Freedom Riders and Civil Rights Activists.
Private docent tour of the museum including the exhibits After 1968 and An Idea Called Tomorrow 2.

California African American Museum
600 Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
(parking available in adjacent lot)

Complimentary hors d’ oeuvre and cocktail reception.
RSVP to or 310-282-8080 x332
or Elise Woodson at or 213-744-2024.


AJC – American Jewish Committee
Brotherhood Crusade
CORE-CA Congress of Racial Equality of California
FAME – First African Methodist Episcopal Church
SCLC – Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Los Angeles Urban League
Wilshire Boulevard Temple

October 30th Proclaimed 'America I AM' Day in LA County

On a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors today proclaimed October 30th “America I AM” Day in the County, promoting a traveling exhibit that teaches youths about the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas urged County residents and visitors to visit the “America I AM” exhibit, which will run from October 30 to April 15, 2010 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park on its third stop in a 10-city tour.

The exhibit is the brainchild of Tavis Smiley, a broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist. Scheduled to travel across the United States over the next four years, the interactive, multi-media exhibit chronicles the 500-year journey of the African Americans – from struggle to triumph.

Among the displays are rare artifacts, memorabilia, documents, photos and music. Notable artifacts include the doors to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, author Alex Haley’s typewriter used to write “Roots,” and the personal effects of Malcolm X.

The exhibit also encompasses an educational component developed by noted educators, which responds, in part, to a question asked by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903 “Would America have been America without her Negro people?”

For more information, visit the America I AM website, where a teacher’s guide includes lesson plans, supplemental activities, and an extensive bibliography is available online.

VIDEO: Inglewood Native Mia Jackson Featured On CNN's 'Black in America 2'

Mia Jackson, 27, who was born and raised in Inglewood, was recently featured on CNN’s “Black in America 2”. Mia, who was the valedictorian at St. Mary’s Academy High School in 2000 and earned her Chemical Engineering degree from UCLA in 2005, is currently a fellow in the Management Leadership for Tomorrow program and will soon enter the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Watch CNN’s entire “Black in America 2” special.

VIDEO: Kimberly Anyadike Honored As Youngest African American Female To Fly Solo Across Country

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honored Kimberly Anyadike — the youngest African American female to fly a plane solo across the country — at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Robin Petgrave, the founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, was also recognized by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for his work in helping young pilots like Kimberly.

Read more about Kimberly

See more Supervisor Ridley-Thomas videos

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Helps Launch Unprecedented Effort To Help L.A. County Residents Stop Smoking

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas yesterday joined County health officials and the Ralphs Grocery Company to launch a smoking-cession campaign that will involve the largest free distribution of nicotine patches and nicotine gum ever in California.

The 30,000 two-week starter kits, funded from the County’s allotment from a settlement of a lawsuit against the tobacco industry and contribution from the L.A. Care Health Plan, will be distributed at 47 participating Ralph’s pharmacies while supplies last.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States and costs the nation about $4.3 billion due to related diseases and death each year.

“The prevalence of this particular problem is highest in the African-American and Asian/Pacific Islanders,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, who joined Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the County’s health officer at a Ralphs store near Staples Arena to launch the campaign.

The Supervisor said “remarkable strides” have been made in reducing smoking in the County through the efforts of public cessation programs.

“But we also know that there is still a whole lot more work to be done that will require more innovation,” he said, lauding the public-private collaboration of the new campaign.

County residents 18 years of age or older are eligible to receive the anti-smoking kits. Participants will be screened for eligibility to ensure that the nicotine replacement therapy will not conflict with any pre-existing conditions. They will also be required to participate in a follow-up survey.


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