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Unity Center

Exhibit Artifacts


The Unity Center at the California Museum celebrates the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures.

Initiated in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes, the Center’s interactive multimedia exhibits highlight leaders in the state’s rich civil rights history and encourage visitors to find common ground while embracing their own individuality.

Through advocacy tools and engaging educational programs, visitors are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others – regardless of belief, background, identity or gender. 

Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets… We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out.
Harvey Milk
San Francisco Gay Freedom Parade Speech, 1978
Being the son of undocumented parents motivated me to be a voice for the voiceless. I cast my ballot knowing that it not only represented me, but also my parents and a lot of people in my community who don’t have the opportunity and privilege to vote.
Randy Villegas
I just want to be able to look back on my teenage years in the future and be able to say that I did something, and I tried to make a change, even if it was just a little thing.
Tanya Bearson
Activism & Democracy Field Trip Programs
Onsite and virtual field trips designed to increase student civic engagement