Office of the Governor & The California Museum announce the 8th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame
Newest class to be inducted on October 1, 2014 at The California Museum
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — June 16, 2014: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown along with The California Museum announced the 8th class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame today. The newest class of inspirational individuals will join 81 Californians previously inducted for exemplifying California’s spirit of innovation.
The 8th class of California Hall of Fame inductees includes: basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; civil-rights heroine Charlotta Bass; literary icon Joan Didion; legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola; community organizer Fred Ross; environmental scientist Stephen Schneider; and social-activism innovator Mimi Silbert.
“These talented pioneers represent the very best of California,” said Governor Brown. “Their determination, intelligence and creativity continue to inspire us.”
Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees will receive a Spirit of California medal from the Governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at The California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento.
“I am honored to be chosen for the California Hall of Fame,” said inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “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.”
Inductees into the California Hall of Fame have made remarkable achievements across a variety of California industries and areas of influence including science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics. In addition to the ceremony, inductees will also be commemorated with an exhibit of personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at The California Museum.
“The Museum is thrilled to honor this new class of remarkable Californians,” said Richard Costigan III, Chair of The California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Each reflects the ingenuity and creativity that California is known for in their respected fields, while as a class they represent the diversity that California is celebrated for around the world.”
Members of the public are invited to view the arrivals of the inductees and ceremony attendees on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a public-viewing area located in front of the Museum on the corner of 10th and O Streets. Immediately following the viewing of arrivals, a live webcast of the induction ceremony will be streamed on the Museum’s website at http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org at 7:00 p.m.
A broadcast of the 7th Annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony and presentation of Spirit of California awards will air on PBS stations across California beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, including on KVIE in Sacramento. For a full list of stations, dates and air times, please visit http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org/ca-hall-fame-broadcast.
For more information on the California Hall of Fame and The California Museum and a downloadable press kit, please visit http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org/california-hall-fame.
ABOUT THE 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, the arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires men, women and children to dream the California dream and dares them to make their own mark on history. Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun.: 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission: adults $9.00; college students & seniors $7.50 with valid ID; youth 6-17: $6.50; children 5 & under free.
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
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