The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914
Mar
20
to Sep 9

The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914

Photo by: Elon Schoenholz

Photo by: Elon Schoenholz

Join us a California African American Museum

The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914 sheds light on the expansion of the city’s African American community, its challenges in a post-Reconstruction era, and its hopes and accomplishments, as captured in the newspaper’s pages. More than a century since The Liberator’s final issue, this exhibition includes rare ephemera, photographs, and artifacts that offer a unique study of the narrative of black Los Angeles.

This exhibition is curated by Tyree Boyd-Pates, History Curator and Program Manager, Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Assistant History Curator, and Arianne Edmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project.

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Creating Community in Black Los Angeles During the Great Migration
Jul
11
to Aug 29

Creating Community in Black Los Angeles During the Great Migration

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JL Edmonds Project has partnered with CAAM to host the following programming inspired by The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, this series of conversations examines how Black Los Angeles has changed over the last century. Explore the city's history of black businesses—including real estate, service businesses, and agriculture—as well as civic engagement. Learn about historical black enclaves such as the Central Avenue, West Adams, and Crenshaw Districts, as well as Watts and Compton, from those on the forefront of preserving those histories and securing their futures.

  • July 10, explore the city's history of black business with Alison Rose Jefferson, historian and author of the forthcoming book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era.

  • July 31 discussion focuses on civic engagement with Tina Watkins-Quaye of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee.

  • August 29, hear about real estate and agriculture with Randy Savvy, executive director of Compton Junior Equestrians and managing member of Compton Cowboys, and author Robert Lee Johnson. 

Presented in partnership with CAAM’s History Council, J.L. Edmonds Project, and LA Urban League. RSVP HERE

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Seeds from the Ancestors:  South LA Wellness Tour x Adidas
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Seeds from the Ancestors: South LA Wellness Tour x Adidas

The South LA Wellness Tour is a FREE 7-day community initiative created by South LA Wellness - a collective of local wellness practitioners - in partnership with adidas + Wanderlust, with the purpose of deepening mindfulness practices in the South Los Angeles area.
Seeds from the Ancestors workshop that includes a tour of the Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles Exhibition on display at CAAM, a calming meditation in the Rose Garden at Exhibition park and an interactive writing session exploring personal narrative, generational wounds and connection to the ancestors. Hosted by: Arianne Edmonds (@arianneedmonds | @J.L. Edmonds Project), Amanda Charles, Stephanie Renee Payne & Tyree Boyd Pates (@tyreebp)

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GMD Tour: Los Angeles: Liberator Chronicling Black LA 1900-1914
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

GMD Tour: Los Angeles: Liberator Chronicling Black LA 1900-1914

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Come learn about Early Black Angelino life. For July’s GMD Los Angeles Tour, we’re heading to California African American Museum (CAAM) to get an historically inside on ‘The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914’. This month’s special guest is Arianne Edmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project. RSVP HERE

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CAAM Family Programming: Spread the News Zine Making
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

CAAM Family Programming: Spread the News Zine Making

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Inspired by The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, capture your own story and share what you want to tell about today. Report on your neighborhood or an important event, highlight inspiring people, and more. Led by teaching artist James Brooks, spend the afternoon creating a mini zine publication using a mix of collage, drawing, and writing techniques. RSVP HERE

Presented in partnership with Able ARTS Work and made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Facing History and Ourselves: The Liberator
Apr
28
3:30 PM15:30

Facing History and Ourselves: The Liberator

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How did, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, a former slave come to found a newspaper, advocate for improved social and economic conditions, document the growing African American population in Los Angeles, and report on injustices locally and nationally? Presented in conjunction with The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, join Arianne Edmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project and exhibition co-curator, for a discussion with educators from Facing History and Ourselves. Edmonds shares her family’s perseverance, how she discovered this story and its impact on Los Angeles, and how this history can be brought to Southern California classrooms.

Presented in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational organization.

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Curatorial Walkthrough of The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914
Apr
19
1:00 PM13:00

Curatorial Walkthrough of The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914

Tour The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914 with exhibition co-curators Tyree Boyd-Pates, History Curator and Program Manager at CAAM; Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Assistant History Curator at CAAM, and Arianne Edmonds, Founder of the J.L. Edmonds Project, to delve deeper into this trailblazing turn-of-the-century black publication. RSVP HERE

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Cant Stop Wont Stop: CAAM Opening Reception

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CAAM Opening Celebration!

Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns
The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914
Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary
Aspects of Nude: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On view:

California Bound: Slavery in the New Frontier, 1848–1865

Come one, come all!
Sets by DJFM and DJ R-Tistic

Good art, people & food trucks
FREE
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9 p.m. Don't Stop! After Party
The celebration continues at Free Play, right across the parking lot from CAAM!

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

LA Made: Black Angeleno Trailblazer Families

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Join us for a fascinating panel discussion about the cultural and civic impact of African-American residents on the history of Los Angeles. Sherwin “Keith” Rice--historian and archivist at the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center located at California State University, Northridge--will provide the historical context for the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Tyree Boyd-Pates, curator at the California African American Museum.

The impetus for this program was Los Angeles Public Library's recent digitization of The Liberator, one of L.A.’s early African-American newspapers, owned and edited by Jefferson Edmonds. His descendent, Arianne Edmonds, will participate in the discussion, along with Tina Watkins-Quaye, whose grandfather Ted Watkins founded the Watts Labor Community Action Committee. With special guest Jackie Broxton, Executive Director of the Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation

A related exhibition, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, will be on display at the California African American Museum from March 20-September 8, 2019.

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LA Made: Los Angeles Public Library/  Legacy Building: An Exploration of Black Angeleno History
Feb
9
3:30 PM15:30

LA Made: Los Angeles Public Library/ Legacy Building: An Exploration of Black Angeleno History

LA MADE 2019: A cultural series featuring free music, dance, theater and conversations with local entertainers at libraries throughout the city.

Come learn about the life of Liberator newspaper editor, Jefferson L. Edmonds, in an engaging presentation by his great-granddaughter Arianne Edmonds. Through immersive storytelling, visuals and audience interactive sharing sessions, Edmonds will tell the story of how her great-grandfather rose from a life began in slavery to creating a lasting legacy in Los Angeles by speaking out against racism and injustice.

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Fearless: A Restorative Workshop for Impactful Women
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Fearless: A Restorative Workshop for Impactful Women

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General Assembly: Downtown Los Angeles

The Fearless workshop is designed to be a space of inter-generational learning and mutual exchange; a community ecosystem of collaborative and nourishing learning. Join the JL Edmonds project with an evening of experiential storytelling and legacy building. 

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Compton Girls Club Workshop
Jun
28
3:00 PM15:00

Compton Girls Club Workshop

Compton High School: Compton, CA

Compton Girls Club is for girls from the hood, exploring self care, discovering self confidence and navigating the real world.Based in Compton High School.

JL Edmonds Project spent the afternoon with 15 girls from Compton High School to discuss Jefferson's story and building their own legacies

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GURL Museum Day's  Special Guest  at LA Tour of #COLA2018 @ LAMAG
May
26
9:30 PM21:30

GURL Museum Day's Special Guest at LA Tour of #COLA2018 @ LAMAG

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibition 2018

#GURLMuseumDay is a community, magazine, shop + tours for gurl art lovers & artist, founded by @dianelindquist. The JL Edmonds project had the chance to present the story of The Liberator and the Edmonds family archive at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery  at the COLA 2018 showcase. Special guest and talented artist, June Edmonds, gave a tour of her artwork and shared her connection to LA and the Edmonds legacy. 

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2018 African American History Month City Hall Exhibit
Mar
3
to Mar 24

2018 African American History Month City Hall Exhibit

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Write in America Exhibition: Los Angeles City Hall

The Los Angeles Public Library's Public Relations Department, Digitization & Special Collections Department and Arianne Edmonds from the J L Edmonds Project provided research and curatorial support for Write in America, the 2018 African American History Month exhibit at Los Angeles City Hall presented by the office of City Council President Herb Wesson. Write in America celebrates the Los Angeles Sentinel’s 80th anniversary, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and such early African American Los Angeles newspapers as the California Eagle and the Liberator.

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