Activists, artists, athlete
join California Hall of Fame
The eighth class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame includes a basketball legend, a literary icon, a celebrated filmmaker and a civil rights heroine, officials announced Monday.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joan Didion, Francis Ford Coppola and Charlotta Bass are among those celebrated for exemplifying the state’s spirit of innovation.
The class also includes community organizer Fred Ross Sr., environmental scientist Stephen Schneider and social-activism innovator Mimi Silbert, according to the announcement from Gov. Jerry Brown, first lady Anne Gust Brown and The California Museum.
“These talented pioneers represent the very best of California,” Brown said in the statement. “Their determination, intelligence and creativity continue to inspire us.”
Previous inductees include actor Jack Nicholson, labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, photographer Dorothea Lange and chef Alice Waters.
Inductees or their families will receive a Spirit of California medal from the Browns at a ceremony planned for Oct. 1.
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“It’s still 9 o’clock, so you still have a couple hours to go to a baseball game or, you know, whatever it may be.”
Sen. Norma Torres, Pomona Democrat, to fathers at the close of a Father’s Day Senate session.