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BCC | Black Leaders of Leisure: Their California Dream During the Jim Crow Era and the Implications of these Stories Today

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

This presentation includes an overview of the author’s 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 and recreation at outdoor and public spaces for all people at beaches, mountains, and other scenic locales holding a central place in the long freedom rights struggle.

Leisure, was not an optional add-on to civil rights, but an essential component of liberty and this talk with feature the local stories of African Americans who fought for dignity, equal access and the full range of human experience and fulfillment in exploration of California’s offerings as they contributed to the state’s development.

The speaker will share how some of the sites discussed in the book 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 live online presentation by Alison Rose Jefferson, author, historian, and heritage conservation consultant

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