This work collected here was created by students in the Spring 2023 Cohort of the African American History course at Mann UCLA Community School. This project was created with two goals in mind:
(1) Students would learn the history of South Central from the strongest sources available to them: the people in their community. In collecting these stories, students would have first hand experience conducting community based qualitative research. Additionally, students would supplement these interviews with the historical knowledge they had learned in class.
(2) Eventually, the long term goal for this project is to create a database of oral histories from South Central that can be used by the community. As Ethnic Studies becomes a statewide graduation requirement, it is important for South Central students to be able to access a localized version of their history that is built by the community itself. The oral histories collected here will hopefully become the foundation for that curriculum.
This project was inspired by the collection, “Through the Same Halls” created by students at Manual Arts High School with support by 826LA and would not have been possible without the collaboration of Benjamin Casar and our interviewees from Community Coalition.
– Joanne Yi
We Wanna Keep South Central | Growing Up in South Central | Christian Flagg’s Life | How South Central Was | From Haiti to SoCal | Antwon’s Life | The Life of Francisco Perez | South Central’s Hope | Growing Up in South Central | South LA Hopes | Choices | Damien Valentine’s POV of South CentralSCLA-READ-1
We Wanna Keep South Central
Nancy Camacho profiled by Londyn, John Hernandez, & Aniya JonesNancy-C
Christian Flagg’s Life
Christian Flagg profiled by Martin Hollman, Gemora Knox, & Tyler TrappChristian-F
From Haiti to SoCal
Ansley Jean-Jacques profiled by Alex Martinez, Annabelle Medina, & Isabel PedrozaAnsley
The Life of Francisco Perez
Francisco Perez profiled by Michael Castro & Elyse SmithLife-of-Francisco
Growing Up in South Central
Lupe Romero profiled by Malcolm Clayborne, Laura Duran, & Mariana PadillaLupe-R