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Pepperdine Libraries Receives Grant from California Humanities

July 21, 2020  | 1 min read

In February 2020, Pepperdine Libraries was awarded a Humanities for All Project Grant from California Humanities. The $19,815 grant will fund the Libraries’ “Preserving the History of South Los Angeles: A Community Digitization Initiative” under the leadership of Mark Roosa, dean of libraries. The Humanities for All Project Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally developed projects that respond to the needs, interests, and concerns of Californians; provide accessible learning experiences for the public; and promote understanding among our state’s diverse population.

The grant will allow Pepperdine Libraries and its partners to catalogue and preserve artifacts, documents, and memories of the African American experience in South Los Angeles between the 1930s and 1970s. After completing digitization events in the community and gathering oral histories, key findings will be shared at the California African American Museum in December 2021. Findings and a curation of digitized materials will be available online to students and scholars interested in history, critical race studies, and social anthropology.

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state and will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, president and CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate these grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”