Los Angeles, CA - January 29, 2013 - The California African American Museum (CAAM) celebrated Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday with an array of multicultural events over the course of three days.
CAAM kicked off the celebration by participating in Los Angeles' Kingdom Day Parade where they honored their volunteers. The following day, CAAM celebrated the diverse cultures of Los Angeles with Target Sundays at CAAM: One Dream, A National Influence, A World of People. Target Sundays at CAAM featured performances by the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, inspirational speaker Anthony Gill, bellie dancers Veena & Neena, singer Jamar Rogers and an Afro-Jazz fusion band led by singer, Wangari.
On MLK Day, CAAM hosted a Presidential Inauguration Watch Breakfast for CAAM members. As an added benefit to being a CAAM member, this exclusive event allowed members to view the inauguration live on CAAM's multiscreen while in a culturally relevant environment. As the Inauguration Watch ended, Cake for King began. CAAM's annual event drew out hundreds of people where they watched the documentary "Man of Peace in a Time of War," had slices of cake from "Nooks and Grannies," participated in art workshops and much more.
The celebrations continued as CAAM hosted The Dream at 50 Awards ceremony. In 2012, K -12 students created artwork inspired by a word or phrase from Dr. King's "I Have A Dream Speech." Melinda Thao, a Pomona High School student was honored at CAAM as the semi-finalist winner for her artwork entitled "Unity." The awards ceremony included live performances by the California Dance Institute.
[ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM: The California African American Museum (CAAM) researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans. Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, CAAM is a state supported institution and a partner with the 501(c)(3) non- profit organization Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. In addition to its permanent collection of over 3,000 objects of art, artifacts and historical documents, CAAM also houses a research library containing more than 20,000 volumes, employs and trains high school students through its Young Docents program, and hosts in-house curated exhibitions and traveling exhibitions on a regular basis. The museum also tours CAAM exhibitions throughout California and the nation.]