Turn to Tomorrow: Tom Bradley’s 50th Anniversary of his Inauguration as Mayor of Los Angeles, Photographs by Harry Adams and Guy Crowder. © Adams Family and Tom and Ethel Bradley Center. On July 1, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tom Bradley’s inauguration as Mayor of Los Angeles. In 1973, Bradley became the first African American mayor of a large city—LA was the third largest city in the nation, after New York and Chicago. Bradley was sworn in as Mayor by Earl Warren, retired U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and former governor of California. You can see more images of Tom Bradley in our Digital Collections.
Acclaimed Chicano playwright and filmmaker Luis Valdez came to CSUN last March 15 to discuss, with Theatre professor Jorge Huerta, Valdez’s career and his new book, Theatre of the Sphere: The Vibrant Being. The event was moderated by Carmen Ramos Chandler. Students, professors, members of the community, and friends and family of the Bradley Center had an opportunity to talk to Luis Valdez, whose energy was felt among the 400 people who attended the event. Thanks for coming and you can watch a video with highlights from the event here. You can watch more videos of the Farmworker Movement Collection, documenting the experiences of participants of the Farmworker Movement, by going to our YouTube channel's Farmworker Movement Collection playlist.
In addition are the collections of Edward Alfano; David Blumenkrantz, documenting various regions of Africa; Herb Carleton, covering the San Fernando Valley; Emmon Clarke, containing extensive documentation of the United Farmworkers organization and César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, Gibert Padilla, Luis Valdez and other leaders of the union and its members; and Richard Cross, that documents the wars in El Salvador and Honduras, the Afro-Columbian community Palenque de San Basilio (near Cartagena), Cuba, the Masai and the Maya refugee camps in Mexico.
The Bradley Center has a Border Studies Collection that examines the issues surrounding the border between the United States and Mexico. Through photographic collections, oral histories, manuscripts, videos, newspaper archives and guest lectures issues such as immigration, human rights, globalization, and economic violence are examined.
The Bradley Center and University Library have added over 5,000 images to the Charles Williams collection online!