SOURCE: United States National Slavery Museum

March 21, 2007 01:42 ET

Share Bill Cosby With the World: Create Viral Video With Cosby Footage

"Bill Cosby Green Screen Video Challenge" to Drive Individual Donations for U.S. National Slavery Museum on www.eightbucks.org

FREDERICKSBURG, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2007 -- The United States National Slavery Museum (USNSM) (www.usnsm.org) today announced the launch of the "Bill Cosby Green Screen Challenge" -- where individuals can create funny, unique videos of Dr. Cosby and share them online.

The video of Dr. Cosby is available on www.eightbucks.org. Interested videographers can download the footage, which includes a call to all Americans to donate $8 to the U.S. National Slavery Museum. The campaign encourages awareness of the museum, and enables participants to develop their own personalized message on the topic. The videos can be posted on the new web site and YouTube, where people can vote for their favorite videos.

"We are taking full advantage of the 'new media' marketing landscape that works very well for corporations and major television shows," said Dr. Vonita Foster, executive director, USNSM. "It is unprecedented for a non-profit museum to offer an opportunity of this nature, and we hope this effort will result in a much expanded level of financial support for this historic and much needed initiative."

The program supports the "Why $8?" campaign which urges all Americans to donate $8 to the museum. In fact, a donation in this amount is very relevant to the museum and the topic of slavery:

--  $8 is the shape both of shackles (the symbol of slavery) and, if
    turned on its side, of infinite freedom.
--  $8 is a reasonable sum of money that allows every American to be a
    part of this incredible project.
--  $8 buys recognition for millions of enslaved African Americans who
    helped build America.
--  $8 will help remove shackles that still divide our nation and replace
    them with a new symbol for a more united America.
    
In addition, a donation of $8 will be rewarded with admittance to the Museum's exclusive opening preview.

About the United States National Slavery Museum

Located in Fredericksburg, Va., on 38 acres along the Rappahannock River, the USNSM will be the first and only museum in the U.S. aimed at exclusively telling the story of slavery in America. The museum will offer 100,000 +/- square feet of permanent and temporary exhibit space, including a full-scale replica of a slave ship. Its exhibits will be driven by the most cutting-edge, high-tech audiovisuals, including a 450-seat theater as well as three other dynamic theaters, taking visitors on a journey through time.

The museum's chairman of the Board of Directors is the Hon. L. Douglas Wilder, who conceptualized the project at an African/African American conference in Gabon. Other board members include Dr. William Cosby, Dr. Jacob Gelt Dekker, John Elkington, Professor Emeritus John Hope Franklin, Dr. William R. Harvey,, Mr. Larry Silver, Mr. John Elkington, Rev. Lawrence Davies, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie and Dr. H. Patrick Swygert.

Contact Information