Until lions write their history…

As I began telling the saga of how Dr. Nathaniel Burbridge, a pharmacology professor at UC-San Francisco and president of the San Francisco NAACP, led the largest civil rights demonstrations outside the South, Bill Gray interrupted me. I had known that telling the history of African-Americans in San Francisco from 1951 to 1971 would be […]

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A night of enduring legacy

Paula Madison has been one of the most respected women in American television as long-time general manager of the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles. However, she may look back most fondly on a family venture which allows a Kenyan writer who wrote a novel on toilet tissue while in prison and the South African star […]

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One-shot black history misses the boat

LOS ANGELES — Educators who content themselves with a single assembly program or class assignment during Black History Month are missing the boat on closing the achievement gap, according to an expert in African-American history in the West. “When Capt. William Alexander Leidesdorff dedicated California’s first public school in April 1848, the black millionaire entrepreneur […]

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Adjusting to outmigration

As outmigrations go, the displacement of more than 1,000 mostly African-Americans from the International District in 1921 was as harsh as one could imagine. Police and militia surrounded the area and forced 1,400 residents and business owners to leave at once. It was a precursor for the displacement of California’s Japanese population twenty years later. […]

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From Marcus to Marcus

A interactive permanent exhibition on Marcus Garvey is bringing long deserved appreciation to the depth and impact of this international figure. Donna McFarlane, director/curator of Liberty Hall in Kingston, Jamaica, gave us a sense of global context as we discussed the history of blacks in San Francisco from 1870 to 1921. She said Garvey built […]

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New book unveils black presence in Western Addition long before commonly thought

SAN FRANCISCO — The history of African-Americans in the Western Addition goes back much further than most people think, according to the author of Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco. During the third session of a seven week series, John William Templeton points out primary source evidence of lavish […]

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Localize the national theme of Black History Month

Make Black History Month a transformational learning experience for your classroom by localizing the national theme African-Americans and the Civil War to each of California’s counties. There are 35 days of lesson plans at californiablackhistory.com which present Gold Rush Abolitionists: the California Movement to Emancipation. If you didn’t know the connection between African-American Underground Railroad […]

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Just as it looked during the 1840s

San Francisco Maritime News Release For Immediate Release Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049 Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History A discussion on the National Theme of Black History Month — African-Americans and the Civil War Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 1-3pm in the Maritime Museum SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Maritime National […]

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