The images in the new exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art offer insight into the lives of African Americans living in Southern California during the second half of the 20th century.
Some of the photographs capture the tenacity and determination of those championing civil rights, while others offer a glimpse of daily life in the community. All the photos in the exhibition, “Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California,” come from the collections of California State University, Northridge’s Tom & Ethel Bradley Center, as part of its effort to preserve and disseminate the visual history of the people of Los Angeles, California and the nation.
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, CSUN’s Tom & Ethel Bradley Center has digitized 19,000 photographic images in the collections of Charles Williams, Harry Adams and Guy Crowder. These photographs are viewable at the Bradley Center/Oviatt Library’s digital collection site at https://digital-library.csun.edu/bradley-center-photographs.