Articles, Interviews, and Other Media

Below are links to stories on people and places that have been overlooked in the “collective memory” of the heritage of the Southern California region and the United States. Some of the stories include coverage of my research and public history programming efforts.

L.A.’s Ugly Jim Crow History: When Beaches Were Segregated
by Kathryn Romeyn | The Hollywood Reporter
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Exploring Los Angeles County’s Historic African-American Beaches
by Lauren Walser | National Trust For Historic Preservation Blog
Friday, June 10, 2016
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Prejudice, lies and history in Manhattan Beach
by Richard Foss | Easy Reader News
Thursday, May 5, 2016
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International Mother Earth Day 2016: SoCal Black Surf Culture
by Leah Gillis | TheAfricaChannel.com, Current Articles (Community section) series
Friday, April 22, 2016
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Nick Gabaldón: Surfer made sport more accessible
by Steve Saldivar | Los Angeles Times, Special Section “L.A.’s Black History: Struggle and triumphs”
Thursday, February 25, 2016
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Fighting for Leisure: African Americans, Beaches, Civil Rights in Early 20th Century L.A.
by Ryan Reft | KCET’s online Departures Columns Intersections
Friday, May 16, 2014
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Surfing for Freedom: Black Surfers and Reclaiming Cultural History in Los Angeles
by Ryan Reft | KCET’s online Departures Columns Intersections
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Nick Gabaldón, A SoCal Surfing Pioneer
by Alison Rose Jefferson | Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival 2013 Event Guide
Saturday, June 8, 2013

See article in the “Legend” section, page 5.
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Commemorating a Surfing Pioneer
Blog, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Barrier-Breaking Surfer’s Legacy A Reminder Of Work To Do
by Karen Grisby Bates | Code Switch – Frontiers of Race, Culture and Ethnicity Series on National Public Radio (NPR)
Monday, June 3, 2013
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Riding a wave of history and commemoration in Santa Monica
by Kurt Streeter | Los Angeles Times
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Inner-city kids learn the joy of wave-riding on a day dedicated to Nick Gabaldón, Los Angeles’ first documented black surfer, whose life was cut short 62 years ago.
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Santa Monica’s ‘Inkwell celebrated as a seminal spot for black surfers
AirTalk | KPCC 89.3FM
Friday, May 31, 2013

Larry Mantle talks with historian Alison Rose Jefferson about the significance of surfer of color Nick Gabaldón in Los Angeles County history.
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Ocean lovers gather to honor black surfing history
by Avishay Artsy on Which Way, LA? | KCRW 89.9FM
Friday, May 31, 2013
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Santa Monica: Heal the Bay joins tribute to honor local African-American surfer
by Gary Walker | The Argonaut News
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Gabaldón inspires modern black surfers [pdf download]
by Aaron Orlowski | Orange County Register
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nick Gabaldón surfs in the 1940s in California. Saturday is Nick Gabaldón Day and many activities are planned in Santa Monica, where Gabaldón lived and surfed.

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Surfing Legend to be Honored at Beach Celebration
Blog, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District
Friday, May 17, 2013
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Surf pioneer gets his day in the sun
by Shawn Huebler | Zev’s Blog (Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District)
Thursday, May 16, 2013

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African American Heritage and Stewardship of the Ocean
DSP Connections | An email newsletter of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
October 2, 2012

See second article in the “Saving Places” section.
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Unearthing history at a Santa Monica beach

by Martha Groves | Los Angeles Times
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cleanup offers a chance to raise awareness about onetime hangout for black residents.
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The Madeleine Brand Show • KPCC 90.3 FM
Friday, July 6, 2012

Interview with historian Alison Rose Jefferson.
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Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod • Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM
Wednesday, July 5, 2012, 7:00–8:00 a.m.
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Santa Monica Beach Offers History Lesson on African American Beachgoers
by Brian Watt | KPCC 93.7 FM
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Interview with historian Alison Rose Jefferson.
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A Deep Tide of Goodwill at Bruce’s Beach
by Deborah Schoch | Los Angeles Times
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Hundreds gather at a small Manhattan Beach park to commemorate a black couple forced to give up their profitable resort in the 1920s.
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The History of Bruce’s Beach, California
Weekend America | American Public Media on KPCC 93.7 FM
Saturday, March 31, 2007

Weekend America‘s Krissy Clark talks with historian Alison Rose Jefferson about the history of Bruce’s Beach.
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Erasing a Line Drawn in the Sand
by Deborah Schoch | Los Angeles Times
Monday, March 19, 2007

Manhattan Beach renames a park to honor a black couple forced to give up their resort in the 1920s.

Video

White Wash: The Documentary Film

Scene from documentary film White Wash is a documentary film, directed by Ted Woods and narrated by Grammy Award winner Ben Harper, which examines the history of “black consciousness” as it triumphs and evolves in the minds of black surfers.

View film trailer, screening info, and reviews »

12 Miles North: The Documentary Film

12 Mile North, Docuplay Invitation, February 2012

12 Miles North is a documentary film by Richard Yelland that tells the inspiring and tragic story of Nick Gabaldon (1927–1951), the first documented surfer of African American and Mexican descent. A pioneering black Californian and American who died in the bloom of his manhood in a watery death, Gabaldon’s legacy has inspired many surfers of color and otherwise to consider him as a role model. His passion, athleticism, discipline, love and respect for the ocean live on as the quintessential qualities of the California surfer.

Profiles