Microsoft Corp. Announces Technical Sponsorship of Tavis Smiley’s I AM Project

Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley

Microsoft Corp. announced that it is the official technology sponsor for Tavis Smiley’s America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition, which opens in Atlanta next month as part of its four-year mobile tour. Along with making a software and cash donation, Microsoft has committed to relaunching the new America I AM Web site,

America I AM is presented by Tavis Smiley and celebrates nearly 500 years of African American contributions to America. Featuring more than 200 extraordinary artifacts, photographs, music and videos, America I AM: The African American Imprint highlights how people throughout American history have shaped lives, history and culture.

The exhibition is organized by Arts and Exhibitions International and Cincinnati Museum Center.

“Our company continues to be committed to the communities in which we work and do business,” said Andrea Taylor, Microsoft’s director of community affairs for North America. “We hope that by providing organizations like America I AM with the services and technologies they need to grow and thrive, we are able to expand access to technology and bring innovation to underrepresented communities.”

To complete the task of relaunching the Web site, Microsoft has partnered with Neudesic LLC, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and National Systems Integrator, to transition the site to the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 platform.

Together the companies will enhance the Web site, providing visitors with a more interactive and a userfriendly experience.

The site will also feature a social community that allows users to view interactive exhibits and dialogue with other users.

“Microsoft is a leader in creating platforms to provide access to information and I can’t think of a better technology partner to rebuild the America I AM Web site,” Smiley said. “We see this as a huge opportunity to increase and expand awareness about the exhibit. I am especially excited about the fact that our plans will allow visitors worldwide to meet virtually and learn about the contributions of African Americans.”

The exhibition is set to run in Atlanta at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center from June 12 through Sept. 6, 2009.

Atlanta will be the second stop on the exhibition’s 10-city, four-year tour, which features a 15,000-squarefoot presentation of pivotal moments in courage, conviction and creativity and celebrates the undeniable imprint of African Americans across the nation and around the world.

Through more than 200 rare historic objects, documents, photos and multimedia displays, the exhibition explores how African Americans have contributed to and shaped American culture across four core areas: economic, socio-political, cultural and spiritual.

The exhibition relates important events and stories of people from the beginnings of the nation through the present day, including the inauguration of the first African American president.

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