African Americans in Los Angeles, 1945–2000 Content and Text for Curriculum
Photographs and Oral Histories
The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge, administers the following resources:
- Over 17 thousand photographs of African Americans active in politics, law, civil rights, music and entertainment, sports, religion, and social organizations of the city of Los Angeles from the 1950s to the 1990s, taken by three prominent photographers — Charles Williams, Harry Adams, and Guy Crowder. From 2014-2017, the collections are being digitized with the assistance of a federal grant. Check out all our digital collections.
- An interactive timeline of a representative sample of the photographs.
- A collection of over 45 oral histories — interviews of members of the African-American community, most on audio, some on video, including short summaries of each interview. Sample interview with Gwen Green.
- A curriculum set of 4 units, including multiple lessons, that are aligned with the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools in the 11th grade: United States History and Geography: Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century
Major Components and Principles of the 11th Grade Curriculum
The curriculum consists of:
- A set of overarching questions guiding the curriculum – "The Big Questions"
- A general guide for viewing and analyzing photographs
- 10 individual 1-hour lessons each addressing one content substandard of the 11th grade curriculum (4 already finished)
The principal method or approach is that for a particular content standard, lesson, or unit of instruction, students are provided several photographs, and students read, do research and write in order to create PPT-type slideshows, posters, essays, and presentations.
Students evaluate and interpret photographs as historical sources and texts, and create their own historical narratives.
Each individual lesson consists of:
- Brief historical background
- The content substandard addressed
- A series of guiding questions
- Anywhere from 1 to 40 photographs
- Links to library, print, on-line and other media resources to support further student research