Academic Historian

Robert Bauman is Professor of History at Washington State University Tri-Cities.  He is an award-winning scholar and author of a number of articles and book chapters and two books, Race and the War on Poverty: From Watts to East LA (2008) and Fighting to Preserve a Nation’s Soul: America’s Ecumenical War on Poverty (2019).  He also is co-editor, with Robert Franklin, and co-author of Nowhere to Remember: Hanford, White Bluffs and Richland to 1943 (2018) and Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance: Voices from the Hanford Region (2021). Professor Bauman was awarded the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Excellence Award in 2022.  His article, “Jim Crow in the Tri-Cities, 1943-1950” won the Charles Gates Award from the Pacific Northwest Quarterly in 2005.

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- )

Watts Summer Festival (1966- )

A coalition of antipoverty organizations and black nationalist groups initiated the Watts Summer Festival in 1966 as a way to focus the Watts community on celebrating black heritage and culture annually on the anniversary of the Watts riots.  Although the groups involved in establishing and … Read MoreWatts Summer Festival (1966- )

Los Angeles United Civil Rights Committee (1963-ca. 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-ca. 1966)

Watts Labor Community Action Committee (1965- )

Since 1965, the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) has operated as the key antipoverty agency in South Central Los Angeles.  Union members and community activists established the WLCAC largely because of the failure of the city and county of Los Angeles to establish a … Read MoreWatts Labor Community Action Committee (1965- )