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Shades of LA

Project Director: Carolyn Kozo Cole; Project Historian: Kathy Kobayashi Shades of LA was a visual history project conducted by the Los Angeles Public Library in response to the devastating fire in 1986 that destroyed 20% of the Library’s collections, including much of its photographic holdings. When California Humanities was asked..Read More

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Motheread

In 1992, California Humanities responded to the civil unrest sparked by the acquittals of the policemen involved in the Rodney King beating by bringing an award-winning intergenerational family literacy program to some of the low-income communities in Los Angeles most affected by the uprising. Motheread, a national program originally developed..Read More

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Columbus & After: Rethinking the Legacy

Columbus & After: Rethinking the Legacy was a National Endowment for the Humanities-led initiative to commemorate—rather than celebrate—the Columbus Quincentenary in 1992. In California, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World raised memories and recognition of violence, atrocities, and generations of oppression for Native Californians and brought..Read More

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Common Threads

The inaugural unfolding of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in 1987 was the event that inspired filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman to make their 1990 Academy-Award winning documentary, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. Nearly 30 years later, Rob still remembers the day as “an indescribable..Read More

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