Smiley Debuts His African-American Presentation at North Central College

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Smiley Debuts His African-American Presentation at North Central College


Byline: Katlyn Smith ksmith@dailyherald.com

Television and radio host Tavis Smiley debuted a multimedia presentation at North Central College Thursday.

It was the digital expression of his "America I AM: The African American Imprint" traveling exhibit that traces the impact of African Americans on America. Smiley hoped the premiere of the presentation at the Naperville campus would extend the life of the exhibit -- in it's last year -- and mark the start of a national tour.

"It is the biggest, baddest, boldest exhibit ever to tell the story of the African-American contribution to the country," Smiley told an audience at Pfeiffer Hall as part of North Central's weeklong tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mostly still photos, some video and sound bites explored contributions in economic, sociopolitical, spiritual and cultural imprints. The exhibit itself showcases tangible reminders from Prince's purple guitar to the prison cell key that locked King in a Birmingham, Ala. jail.

It was a presentation designed to answer scholar W. E. B DuBois's question: "Would America have been America without her Negro people?

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