Professor Amy Essington, Historian and Executive Director of the Historical Society of Southern California, will present a program about her new research into the Robinson Family in Pasadena.
In the Far West, the system of racism was not the formal system found in the South. It was instead a more fluid and uncertain system which people of color had to navigate. African Americans in Pasadena lived a reality experienced by many people of color in Southern California in the 1920s and 1930s. Mallie Robinson and her five children, Edgar, Frank, Mack, Willa Mae, and Jackie, lived in a community that straddled segregation and integration. Their experiences show the racism, discrimination, and opportunity for African Americans in Pasadena before World War II.
This program takes place at the Pasadena Senior Center (85 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103). Doors open at 6:00 pm, with the lecture starting at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Tickets: Free. For online reservations, click here or call 1.800.838.3006, ext. 1
Image: Robinson family at their house on Pepper Street.