Robert Bauman

Academic Historian

Robert Bauman is an Assistant Professor of History at Washington State University Tri-Cities.  He received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His article, “Jim Crow in the Tri-Cities, 1943-1950” won the Charles Gates Award for the best article published in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly in 2005.  His other publications include “The Black Power and Chicano Movements and the Poverty Wars in Los Angeles,” published in the January 2007 Journal of Urban History.  He is currently writing a book entitled From Watts to East L.A.: Race and the War on Poverty in Los Angeles, to be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2008.

Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (1971- )

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center opened in 1971 as a result of lobbying efforts by civil rights and antipoverty activists to bring a high quality medical facility to the primarily black residents in South Central Los Angeles.  Ted Watkins, the founder of the … Read MoreMartin Luther King Jr. Medical Center/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (1971- )

War on Poverty

Woman Attending Classes at a Los Angeles Anti-Poverty Agency Image Ownership: Public Domain The Civil Rights Movement and investigative journalism combined in the early 1960s, inciting a nation to address the growing problem of poverty in America.  A 1963 New York Times series on Appalachian … Read MoreWar on Poverty

Hamel Hartford Brookins (1926 – )

Courtesy of Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA The Reverend (now Bishop) Hamel Hartford Brookins became one of the leading black ministers and civil rights activists in Los Angeles in the 1960s.  Brookins arrived from Wichita, … Read MoreHamel Hartford Brookins (1926 – )

Los Angeles United Civil Rights Committee (1963- 1966?)

Civil Rights activists in Los Angeles, California created the United Civil Rights Committee (UCRC) in 1963 following an appearance by Martin Luther King, Jr. at Wrigley Field in that city. Members of the local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People … Read MoreLos Angeles United Civil Rights Committee (1963- 1966?)

Watts Labor Community Action Committee (1965- )

Ted Watkins, Foreground, with Youth Applicants, Watts Labor Community Action Center, 1967 Image Courtesy of HERALD EXAMINER COLLECTION/Los Angeles Public Library Since 1965, the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) has operated as the key antipoverty agency in South Central Los Angeles.  Union members and … Read MoreWatts Labor Community Action Committee (1965- )

Ted Watkins (1912-1993)

Ted Watkins, Foreground, with Youth Applicants, Watts Labor Community Action Center, 1967 Image Courtesy of HERALD EXAMINER COLLECTION/Los Angeles Public Library Born into poverty and racial segregation in Meridian, Mississippi in 1912, Ted Watkins became a civil rights and union activist and led an anti-poverty … Read MoreTed Watkins (1912-1993)