Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joan Didion named to California Hall of Fame
By Christopher Cadelago
The Sacramento Bee
June 16, 2014
The eighth class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame includes a basketball legend, a literary icon, a celebrated filmmaker and a civil-rights heroine, officials announced Monday.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joan Didion, Francis Ford Coppola and Charlotta Bass are among the luminaries celebrated for exemplifying the Golden State’s spirit of innovation.
The class also includes community organizer Fred Ross, Sr; environmental scientist Stephen Schneider; and social-activism innovator Mimi Silbert, according to the announcement from California Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brownalong with The California Museum.
“These talented pioneers represent the very best of California,” Brown said in the statement. “Their determination, intelligence and creativity continue to inspire us.”
“I am honored to be chosen for the California Hall of Fame,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “It is a significant achievement to join the ranks of the other honorees. They have set an example of achievement that every Californian can admire and emulate.”
Previous inductees include the actor Jack Nicholson, labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, photograpther Dorothea Lange and chef Alice Waters.
Inductees or their families will receive a Spirit of California medal from the Browns at an official ceremony planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at The California Museum in Sacramento. A public viewing of the arrivals begins at 5 p.m. and a live webcast of the ceremony will be streamed on the Museum’s website.