The Fourth Annual South Bay History Symposium took place virtually on November 14, 2020 with close to 50 participants. The symposium, titled The South Bay 1920-2020: 100 Years of Change, was hosted by the Compton 125 Historical Society and the Gerth Archives and Special Collections at CSU Dominguez Hills.
The program featured Dr. Alison R. Jefferson, author of Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era, who spoke on Bruce’s Beach in Manhattan Beach; Brett Fallentine spoke on his documentary “Fire on the Hill” about the equestrian history of Compton; James Preston Allen, publisher of Random Lengths News focused on the labor movement in San Pedro in the 1920s; Luis Fernandez, Director of the Dominguez Adobe spoke on the Dominguez Family; and Greg Williams, Director of the Gerth Archives spoke on the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. Additional speakers included Stephanie Brasley, Dean of the CSUDH Library, Charles Brown, President of the Compton 125 Historical Society and Robert Lee Johnson, historian for the Compton 125 Historical Society.
Watch a recording of the symposium below or on YouTube.