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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 the luminaries celebrated for exemplifying the Golden 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 California Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown along with 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."

"I am honored to be chosen for the California Hall of Fame," Abdul-Jabbar said. "It is a significant achievement to join the ranks of the other honorees. They have set an example of achievement that every Californian can admire and emulate."

Previous inductees include the actor Jack Nicholson, labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, photograpther Dorothea Lange and chef Alice Waters.

Inductees or their families will receive a Spirit of California medal from the Browns at an official ceremony planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at The California Museum in Sacramento. A public viewing of the arrivals begins at 5 p.m. and a live webcast of the ceremony will be streamed on the Museum's website.

PHOTO: NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson embrace during a news conference outside City Hall in Los Angeles on April 29 after Johnson's comments on the decision by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life. (AP Photo)



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