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Making Black Los Angeles – Class, Gender, and Community 1850-1917
February 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join us for a lecture celebrating Black History Month with historian Marne L. Campbell. Drawing from an extensive database of all African American households between 1850 and 1910, Campbell will share the stories of middle-class African Americans who lived, worked, and established a community of their own in the growing city of Los Angeles. The first census of the newly formed Los Angeles County in 1850 recorded only twelve Americans of African descent alongside a population of more than 3,500 Anglo Americans. Over the following seventy years, however, the African American founding families of Los Angeles forged a vibrant community within the increasingly segregated and stratified city. She will cite her book, Making Black Los Angeles, in demonstrating that the black working class, largely through the efforts of women, fought to secure their own economic and social freedom by forging communal bonds with black elites and other communities of color. Campbell is assistant professor of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Please Note: Exhibition Galleries open at 6:00 pm; Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
Tickets: The event is free, but reservations were required due to limited seating. Although reservations are closed, there may be limited seating available the night of the event.