Notable Southern Californians in Black History

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The contribution of Black men and women throughout the history of California is often overlooked because it doesn't easily fit into the established narrative. In Los Angeles, over half of the original settlers were of African descent. These settlers left New Spain for the northern frontier to escape the oppression of the Spanish caste system, just as the racially oppressive Jim Crow laws propelled a similar migration from the American South 150 years later. Pioneers and politicians, as well as entrepreneurs and educators, left an indelible mark on the region's history. Robert Lee Johnson offers the story of a few of the notable Black men and women who came to Southern California seeking opportunity and a better life for their families.
ISBN: 9781626195813
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: American Heritage
Images: 54
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Robert Lee Johnson lectures on the subject of local history at colleges, universities and museums in Southern California. Mr. Johnson is a member of the History Council and a past chairman of the Projects Committee at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park. He is a founding member of the Compton 125 Historical Society and has been recently featured in the documentaries The Streets of Compton and Fire on the Hill. Mr. Johnson is the author of Compton with Arcadia Publishing. He was formerly a leading member of the Compton branch of the Black Panther Party and a founding member of the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA) in the 1970s.
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