California Museum hosts free Unity Center Block Party to commemorate all new exhibition inspiring visitors to take a stand against hate, intolerance & bigotry on Sat., Aug. 26
Day-long celebration featuring a civil rights panel with Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Dolores Huerta, Stuart Milk & Sen. Holly Mitchell moderated by Lisa Ling & more to launch new exhibition initiated in response to 1999 hate crimes
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Aug. 22, 2017: The California Museum will host the Unity Center Block Party to commemorate the Unity Center’s opening through a day-long celebration of unity and diversity on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Highlights include free admission for all visitors; a civil rights panel with Dolores Huerta, Stuart Milk of the Harvey Milk Foundation and California State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D, 30th) moderated by CNN’s Lisa Ling from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and an address by Mayor Darrell Steinberg at 12:00 p.m. Additional festivities include free light rail transportation; hands-on activities for kids; spoken word, dance and music performances by regional cultural organizations; food trucks; beer garden and more encouraging unity in the community.
“Diversity is humanity’s most vital strength and unity is the proven means to achieving our collective potential. It is in that spirit that I look forward to the launch of the Unity Center at the California Museum,” said Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. “Indeed, this is the time, this is the place and the Unity Center is the medicine that our nation needs.”
Initiated in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes including the murder of a gay couple and the fire-bombing of 3 Sacramento synagogues by white supremacists, the Unity Center celebrates the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures. Featuring innovative multimedia exhibits exploring significant chapters of California’s civil rights history and a state-of-the-art classroom, the interactive 4,000 sq. ft. gallery encourages visitors to take a stand against hate, intolerance and bigotry. Through advocacy tools and education programs, visitors are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others – regardless of belief, background, identity or gender.
WHO: California Museum
WHAT: Unity Center Block Party
WHERE: 1020 O Street (corner of 10th and O Streets), Sacramento, CA 95814
WHEN: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
7:00 a.m.: Media check-in for live remotes open
NOTE: Due to limited parking and cabling around the Museum, media must schedule live remotes by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017 via email to email@example.com. Requests after this time may not be accommodated.
7:30 a.m.: Interviews with event participants begin
- Stuart Milk, Lisa Ling & Mayor Darrell Steinberg available by request
10:30 a.m.: Civil Rights Panel Discussion
NOTE: Due to limited availability of participating panelists, media must schedule interview by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests after this time may not be accommodated.
- Only credentialed media and event staff will be permitted to cover civil rights panel.
- Television crews must use wireless equipment or tape segments due to limited parking and cabling capabilities. Please email email@example.com for additional information.
- Stations may use live webcast footage streamed at californiamuseum.org/panel
For more information on the Unity Center and the Unity Center Block Party, visit californiamuseum.org/unity.
About California Museum:
A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, the California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make their own mark on history. Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sun.: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission: adults $9.00; college students & seniors $7.50 with valid ID; youth 6-17: $7.00; kids 5 and under free. For more information, visit californiamuseum.org.
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