LACHS Webinar: A talk with Alison Rose Jefferson: Black Leaders of Leisure and the California Dream during the Jim Crow Era - The Implications of their Stories for Our Lives Today

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Zoom Webinar

Please join the Los Angeles City Historical Society for a webinar presentation with Alison Rose Jefferson, M.H.C. | Ph.D. In her presentation, Jefferson will give an overview of her book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), which takes a fresh approach to looking at the practices of relaxation, recreation and public spaces for all people at beaches, mountains, and other scenic locales holding a central place in the long freedom rights struggle. 

She will also talk about how some of the case studies and interpretations at California Beach sites in her book that are being used today to engage young people with experiential learning activities in the explorations of the African American and Mexican American experiences, heritage conservation issues, beach wildlife appreciation and stewardship, as well as aspirations to environmental justices policies involving beach assess and civic action. A key engagement activity in one of the projects that gets the immediate attention of the young people is that they get an introductory surfing lesson as part of the direct and visceral experience with the beautiful settings and beach recreation. 

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