Joseph Bernardo

Independent Historian

Joseph Bernardo received a Ph.D. in History at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2014, focusing on Asian American history, race in the American west, and Philippine history.  He earned a BA in Global & International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001 and an MA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University in 2003.  After graduating from San Francisco State, he worked for four years at the Office of Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti.

Mentis Carrere (1891-1989)

Mentis Carrere was a black activist in Los Angeles mainly known for his 1926 heroic defense of his home against a white mob angry that he became an occupant in a formerly all-white neighborhood.  Born on December 9, 1891 in Louisiana, Carrere was a working-class … Read MoreMentis Carrere (1891-1989)

James E. Shepperson (1858 – ?)

Image Ownership: Public Domain   James E. Shepperson was born in Roanoke, Charlotte, Virginia in 1858 to Parker and Matilda Shepperson.  He is considered one of the most influential leaders and spokesmen among African American miners during the late 19th century and early 20th century.  … Read MoreJames E. Shepperson (1858 – ?)

Negro Actors Guild of America (1937 – )

The Negro Actors Guild of America was founded by African American actors in 1937.  The organization was established to try to eliminate the stereotyping of African Americans in theatrical and cinematic performances.  It also stressed the need for more realistic roles for people of color, … Read MoreNegro Actors Guild of America (1937 – )

Negro Victory Committee (1941-1945)

The Los Angeles Negro Victory Committee was organized in 1941 to protest racial discrimination in industries throughout the city that barred African American workers.    Reverend Clayton Russell of the People’s Independent Church of Christ in South Central Los Angeles and Charlotta Bass, publisher of the … Read MoreNegro Victory Committee (1941-1945)

Edward Park Duplex (1831-1900)

Edward Park Duplex Hairdressing and Shaving Saloon, Wheatland, California, ca. 1980 Image Ownership: Public Domain Edward Park Duplex was elected mayor of Wheatland, California in 1888 to become one of the first African American mayors in the United States and the first in the American … Read MoreEdward Park Duplex (1831-1900)

National Negro Business League (1900 – )

National Negro Business League Executive Committee Image Ownership: Public Domain The National Negro Business League (NNBL) was founded by Booker T. Washington in Boston, Massachusetts in 1900.  The league, which predated the United States Chamber of Commerce by 12 years, strives to enhance the commercial … Read MoreNational Negro Business League (1900 – )

100 Black Men of America, Inc.

100 Black Men Organization in Nassau, The Bahamas Image Courtesy of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 100 Black Men of American Inc. is a civic organization dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in the African American community through fostering the development of … Read More100 Black Men of America, Inc.