The Institute for the Study of Los Angeles at Occidental College presents a symposium with 2021 Scholar in Residence, Historian and Heritage Conservation Consultant Alison Rose Jefferson, M.H.C. | P.h.D. with invited guest speakers in the fields of conservation, curation and education to offer information on, discuss and response to the Belmar History + Art project in the context of American history and culture. This Santa Monica, California civic commemorative justice initiative features emotionally resonating multifaceted education, inspirational and remembrance programming. It reconstructs, reclaims, and reinserts a more complex American story about the erased historical Black life in the South Santa Monica Beach neighborhoods which contributed to making the bay city’s development and cultural life form the 1900s to the mid-twentieth century.


Underpinning the content of the Belmar History + Art programming are the stories of people places and event that are an outgrowth ofDr. Jefferson’s research from her recent book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era and new research done fo the project.

EVENT DATE: March 20, 2021 1:00PM-5:00PM

Photo Credit: Shades of L.A. / Los Angeles Public Library