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It is Time to Celebrate California African American History, Culture and Institutions
There is a great need for statutory authority to establish a commission tasked to identify research, document and preserve historic and future “Hidden Figures” in all fields of endeavor, thereby preserving the profound contributions of institutions, places and individuals of African American heritage thoughout the Great State of California.
Every California township, community, town, region were people of African ancestry settled has a role and responsibility to tell their unique stories. Our Anestors have done well, the Elders continue to give advice, support and examples, family and extended family globally are manifesting the prayers of ole, many of our children are sorely missing authentic history, culture and institutions that has sustained us well, Sankofa.
The legacy of Pan African Queen Califia, the vast geographic African presence in Baja and Alta California prior to the Gold Rush in 1848 and California statehood in 1850, people of African ancestry have and continue today, making profound contributions to the forward flow of humanity, throughout the Great State of California.
Documenting our the African American contributions in historic and cultural preservation has bvery limited and often viewed as a luxury practice, but in recent years, research of the economic and public benefits have revealed that historic preservation and cultural tourism is a powerful tool in sustaining local economy, creating jobs, and even generating capital.
The aesthetic, cultural and historical benefits of preservation are now expanding to include our communities, realizing positive social and economic effects.
Californiia African American Museum was chartered by the Legislature in 1977 and began formal operations in 1981. CAAM is located in South Los Angeles, the museum has an art collection that focuses on works by African-American artists and those of African descent.
There is a growing amount of institutional and historical evidence of contributions African-Americans There is a great need for statutory authority to establish a commission tasked to identify research, document and preserve historic and future “Hidden Figures” in all fields of endeavor, thereby preserving the profound contributions of institutions, places and individuals of African American heritage throughout the Great State of California.have made to the history and culture of the state, however, in many instances these facts have been downplayed, distorted or revised.