Articles & Interviews

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 these stories include coverage of my research and public/applied history programming efforts.

stories on people and places that have been overlooked

An Interview with Alison Rose Jefferson

An Interview with Alison Rose Jefferson

Photo: Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times An Interview with Alison Rose JeffersonBy Brian Tanguay | California Review of BooksFebruary 24, 2024 When Alison Rose Jefferson was a graduate student at USC she...

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Swimming is in my blood

Swimming is in my blood

Photo: Los Angeles Standard Newspaper Swimming is in my blood By Jason Lewis | The Los Angeles Standard NewspaperSeptember 9, 2023 A trip to Negril, Jamaica led to an emotional experience in the...

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And before you go, some good news

And before you go, some good news

Photo: Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images And before you go, some good newsBy Soumya Karlamangla  | The New York TimesSeptember 5, 2023 A new photography exhibition at the California African American Museum...

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Black California Dreamin’ at CAAM

Black California Dreamin’ at CAAM

Photo: Verna Deckard Lewis and Arthur Lewis, 1924, Courtesy of Elizebeth and Arthur Lewis Black California Dreamin' at CAAM By Jason Lewis | The Los Angeles Standard NewspaperAugust 8, 2023 Historian and...

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Beyond Bruce’s Beach

Beyond Bruce’s Beach

Photo: Alison Rose Jefferson '80 stands in the permanent public art sculpture "In Four Stanzas" by artist April Banks in Historic Belmar Park in Santa Monica. Photograph: Jeff Hing  Beyond Bruce's...

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Manhattan Beach: Swimming Together

Manhattan Beach: Swimming Together

Photo: California African American Museum Manhattan Beach, CA: Swimming TogetherBy Heather McGhee | The Sum of Us PodcastSeptember 7, 2022 The wealthy beachfront community of Manhattan Beach,...

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