Past Public and Conference Presentations

Past Public Presentations

  • Featured Speaker, The Church in Ocean Park, Santa Monica, California
    Sunday, December 29, 2019
    Message about self-determination during the Church’s Kwanzaa celebration service.
  • Featured Speaker, Whittier College, Whittier, California
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    “Leadership from a Humanist View,” Whittier College Initiative.
  • Featured Speaker, Santa Monica Conservancy, Santa Monica, California
    Saturday, March 16, 2019
    “Hidden Stories of Santa Monica Beach: Race, Real Estate and Remembrance in the Ocean Park Neighborhood, 1900–1960s.”
  • Featured Speaker, White and Case LLP, Los Angeles, California 
    Friday, March 1, 2019

    “The Great Migration and how this Changed California!” Black History Month celebration series.

  • Keynote Speaker, Santa Monica Conservancy Annual Meeting and Awards   
    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    In my talk entitled “Diversity, Real Estate, and Remembrance in Santa Monica,” I discussed my research at a historical Jim Crow era, African American beach site, and efforts to connect the public with a more inclusive & diverse Southern California heritage. Casa Del Mar Hotel || Santa Monica, California.
  • The Jim Crow Era (1900s–1960s) Leisure Experience of African Americans in the Lake Elsinore Community of Riverside County (Invited)
    Saturday, March 8, 2014
    Riverside County History Symposium – In Riverside!


Past Conference Presentations

  • Black Travel Before and After the Green Book panel
    Wednesday, October 3, 2019, 10.00 A.M.– 11.55 A.M. 
    Chair and Commentator
    Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference, North Charleston, South Carolina, October 2–6, 2019
  • Space 1: Black California Land Development, 1920s panel
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 2.45 P.M.– 4.15 P.M. 
    Paper presented: “Welcome to the Parkridge? New Negro Adventures in Exurban County Club and Subdivision development in Southern California’s Inland Empire during the 1920s”
    Collegium of African American Research Conference, Orlando, Florida, January 30–February 2, 2019
  • Stories of Race and Coastal Access in California panel 
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10.30 A.M.– noon 
    Paper presented: “Overlooked People and Places in the Heritage of Southern California”
    Resort American’s Estuaries, 9th National Summit, Long Beach Convention Center, California, December 8–13, 2018
  • African Americans and Landscapes of Leisure in Twentieth-Century California panel
    Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9.45–11.15 A.M.

    Paper presented: “Adventures of African Americans in Southern California Exurban Country Club and Subdivision Development in the Inland Empire During the 1920s”
    Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 110th Meeting, California State University, Northridge, August 3–5, 2017
  • “Race and the Limits of Leisure: Black Travel and Tourism in the Age of Jim Crow” panel/ African American Leisure, Southern California Tales and Bruce’s Beach” Part 2 presentation, and “White Wash” Documentary film screening and discussion/Film Festival 
    October 5–9 2016

    Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 101st Annual Meeting and Conference, Richmond, Virginia
  • Baldwin Hills Village: Race, Community Associations, and the Ethnics of Preservation, part 2 roundtable
    February 2016

    Roundtable discussion participant
    Modernism Week programming, Palm Springs, California
  • The Politics of Race, Gender and Recreation in Twentieth Century American Leisure Culture panel
    Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9.00–11.00 A.M
    Paper presented: “Eureka! Race, Leisure, Subldivisions, Promoters and Gambling on the California Dream” Part 2
    Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom, June 24–28, 2015
  • White Wash: Cultural Politics, African Americans, Surfing and the Romanticized Beach Culture of Southern California (“White Wash” Documentary Screening and Discussion)
    Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:50–12:20 P.M. 2014
    Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, April 10–13, 2014
  • Cultural Inclusion and Sustainable Heritage Conservation panel
    Saturday, March 22, 2014

    Paper presented: “Reclaiming Los Angeles County Beaches as Communities of Color: Recognition of History for Community Engagement and Social Action, Now, and in the Future”
    2014 National Council on Public History Conference, Monterey, California, March 19-22, 2014
  • Blacks in the North American West Panel and “White Wash” documentary film screening and discussion
    Thursday, March 14, 2013, 1:30–3:30 P.M
    and Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:30–2:00 P.M.
    2013 Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 13–16, 2013
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