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This work collected here was created by students in 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

2024 Project: Mapping our Histories

2023 Project: Oral Histories

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 Central


We Wanna Keep South Central

Nancy Camacho profiled by Londyn, John Hernandez, & Aniya Jones

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Growing Up in South Central

Luis Canul profiled by Jewel Wills & Marlon S. Larreynaga Lopez

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Christian Flagg’s Life

Christian Flagg profiled by Martin Hollman, Gemora Knox, & Tyler Trapp

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How South Central Was

Renee Henderson profiled by Isaiah Catching, Byron Eglen, & Kyle Jackson

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From Haiti to SoCal

Ansley Jean-Jacques profiled by Alex Martinez, Annabelle Medina, & Isabel Pedroza

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Antwon’s Life

Antwon Mitchell profiled by Jimy Alexis & Daniel Trejos

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The Life of Francisco Perez

Francisco Perez profiled by Michael Castro & Elyse Smith

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South Central’s Hope

Francisco Perez profiled by Kayla McKing & Jesse Preciado

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Growing Up in South Central

Lupe Romero profiled by Malcolm Clayborne, Laura Duran, & Mariana Padilla

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South LA Hopes

Hector Sanchez profiled by Michelle Salguero & Yadira Tejada

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Hector Sanchez profiled by Maryah Parker

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Damien Valentine’s POV of South Central

Damien Valentine profiled by Darrion Clark, Ray’Ven Kelly, & Daniel Trujillo

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