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Members of the Junior NAACP, 1923, Shades of L.A. Collection

On this first day of African American History Month, we reflect on the African American community of early Los Angeles.


L.A. Writer in Residence, Richard Lange
James Sherman, January 25, 2021

Richard Lange is the author of the short story collections Dead Boys and


Hansen sketch of Los Angeles after statehood. A War Department publication in 1856, “Reports of Explorations and Surveys”
Glen Creason, December 24, 2020

We don’t have a typical Christmas season here in L.A., like the ones in syrupy movies with snow, ear muffs, winter coats, and people standing in a blizzard preparing to jump off a trestle.


King speaks to a crowd of 4,500 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles on April 27, 1965
Christina Rice, January 15, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as in so many cities and towns throughout the country, his impact on Los Angeles was strong and far-reaching. King visited L.A.


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, December 02, 2020

This post is the twentieth and final excerpt serializing the book Feels Like Home.<


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, November 25, 2020

This post is the nineteenth in a series of excerpts serializing the book Feels Like Home


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, November 18, 2020

This post is the eighteenth in a series of excerpts serializing the book Feels Like Home


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, November 10, 2020

This post is the seventeenth in a series of excerpts serializing the book Feels Like Home


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