NCOA and Walmart Bring 'America I AM: The African American Imprint' to Older Adults in Washington, DC

Mar 15, 2011, 17:19 ET from National Council on Aging

Exhibition highlights 500 years of contributions made by African Americans

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Walmart and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) have joined together to bring older adults in the Washington, DC metro area an opportunity to tour and explore America I AM: The African American Imprint free of charge. On Thursday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Walmart will host Seniors Day at the National Geographic Museum, where 1,000 mature adults will receive special access to the exhibition.


All older adults aged 50 and over are welcome to tour the exhibit and learn about African Americans and their contributions to this country. Free vouchers are being made available, but attendees must register in advance. Complimentary lunch will be served. To register for free tickets, please contact Gina Hill at NCOA at 202-479-6970 or The registration deadline is April 15.

America I AM: The African American Imprint, created by Tavis Smiley and sponsored by Walmart, tells the story of the arrival of Africans in America to present-day struggles and successes. The exhibition presents a collection of pivotal moments over 500 years of African-American legacy which shaped the culture and society in which we live today. It includes artifacts, documents, multimedia galleries, photos, music, and more.

America I AM received the THEA award for Best Exhibition, and the NEA endorsed its educational materials as an official Black History month curriculum in 2010. It is the only exhibition to have four of the six historic documents that changed America: the Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, and 13th & 14th Amendments.

With 40 stores in the Washington, DC area, Walmart is committed to continuously supporting communities where its customers and associates live, work, and play. Just earlier this year, Walmart offered 20,000 free tickets to DC area youth to visit America I AM. In addition, Walmart is offering specially priced tickets for the public at select Walmart stores in the Washington, DC area: $10 for adults and $5 for children. The discounted prices are 17% off standard ticket prices.

To learn more about America I AM, please visit

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit

SOURCE National Council on Aging