Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era

Book Talk and Signing



Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:00PM

<em>Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era</em>
<p>Book Talk and Signing</p>
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Where: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Cost: Free.

In partnership with the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, the California Historical Society presents a book talk and signing with historian, Alison Jefferson. Dr. Jefferson will discuss her new book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era which explores how, as Southern California was reimagining leisure and positioning it at the center of the American Dream, African American Californians were working to make that leisure an open, inclusive reality. By occupying recreational sites and public spaces, African Americans challenged racial hierarchies and marked a space of black identity on the regional landscape and social space – creating black-owned resorts, communities, businesses, and recreational culture that drew vacationers and participants from Northern California and around the state.

About the Speakers:

Alison Rose Jefferson, Ph.D. is a historian and heritage conservation consultant. She has participated in numerous public history programs, including museum exhibitions, oral history interview research, the creation of commemorative monuments, documentary films and public history engagement programming. Her professional interests revolve around American history and the African American experience, public history, spatial justice, heritage conservation/historic preservation and cultural tourism in southern California. Her research and programming efforts have garnered attention in the L.A. Times and on KCET's Lost L.A. TV series, The African Channel, and other media programming. See www.alisonrosejefferson.com for more information on her activities.

This event will be held in the Koret Auditorium at SFPL Main Branch.