PALM SPRINGS BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE
The Mission of the Palm Springs Black History Committee is to promote unity to diverse cultures of the Coachella Valley and build a spirit of cooperation between the diverse cultures and educate about contributions of local African-Americans in building the vibrant Coachella Valley.
A California 501© (3) Non-Profit
All Volunteer Organization
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations in the Coachella Valley
KESQ JANUARY 17, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Coachella
The Desert Sun JANUARY 16, 2022
Palm Springs peace vigil honors George Floyd's life
The Desert Sun April 21, 2021
Black designers, builders and developers helped shape Palm Springs and Southern California for more than a century. Modernism Week honored these trailblazers during a three-part symposium on their legacy. In Part One, “Black History of Palm Springs,” panel participants Tyrone Beason (reporter for the Los Angeles Times), and Jarvis Crawford and Dieter Crawford (leaders of Palm Springs Black History Committee) will share stories about historic Palm Springs landmarks. In Part Two, “Circle of Paul R. Williams,” Gail Kennard (daughter of Robert Kennard) will discuss the role Paul R. Williams played in inspiring other Black designers (including Kennard, James Garrott, Ralph Vaughn, and Arthur Silvers) to launch careers in Los Angeles. In Part Three, “Destination Crenshaw,” Drake Dillard of Perkins & Will will present a proposed 1.3-mile open air art gallery and park that will run alongside the light rail line in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. Generous support for this event has been provided by Room & Board.
Photographs courtesy of Julius Shulman J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), The Paul R. Williams Project, Palm Springs Historical Society and The Desert Sun. Postcards courtesy of Urban Palm Springs. Bio excerpts from www.paulrwilliamsproject.org and Palm Springs Life. Special Thanks to Urban Palm Springs