April 22, 2021 (Thursday)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson, historian and author on African-American history in Southern California, will be the featured speaker Thursday, April 22 from 7-8 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library’s Architecture&Beyond Virtual Lecture Series.

To sign up for the free Zoom lecture, email the Los Feliz Library: lfeliz@lapl.org with “A&B” in the subject line.

Dr. Jefferson will provide an overview of her award-winning book, “Living in the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era.”

Her research and discovery chronicles the fight for leisure and public recreational places, many long-overlooked, by Black Angelenos.

“Many people only think about African-American civil rights through economic and political power,” Dr. Jefferson told the New York Times recently.  “They sometimes forget about the fact that recreation was a big part of the struggle.”

A third generation Californian, Dr. Jefferson is Scholar-in-Residence with the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles (ISLA) at Occidental College and a heritage conservation consultant.

Friends pose together on Lake Elsinore in 1946 | Courtesy the Walter L. Gordon Jr. Collection of William Beverly Jr.

Her book will be available for purchase at skylightbooks.com/architectureandbeyond.

For more information, email the Los Feliz Library at lfeliz@lapl.org.

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