We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California

We Are Not Strangers Here is shining a light on African Americans in the history of California agriculture and rural communities, and black people’s relationship with food, farming and land. This Cal Ag Roots story series has been in the works for quite some time and we're thrilled to announce that you can now tune in.

We Are Not Strangers Here will be released weekly-- click the links below to listen:

One of the most impactful ways we come to know about places is through the stories we tell about them. Discover how Black people in rural California have been remembered--and forgotten--in the stories and landmarks that tell the beginnings of the Golden State.

  • Episode 3: Cultivating Change: African American Homesteaders, Innovators, and Civic Leaders, Airs 2/23/21
  • Episode 4: Independent Settlements: Building Black Communities in Rural California, Airs 3/2/21
  • Episode 5: Back to the Land: Allensworth and the Black Utopian Dream, Airs 3/9/21
  • Episode 6: Still Here: Black Farmers & Agricultural Stewardship in the Modern Age, Airs 3/16/21

You can listen online, or better yet, you can subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss an episode.

Photo credit: Farmhand and horse standing next to shed in Tulare County, Roberts Family Papers, African American Museum and Library of Oakland

The We Are Not Strangers Here stories is being told in two ways: 1) through a traveling exhibition-- which will launch in 2021 as cultural institutions re-open in California-- comprised of archival visual and textual materials and 2) through our podcast series.

We Are Not Strangers Here is a collaboration between Susan Anderson of the California African American Museum, the California Historical Society, Exhibit Envoy and Amy Cohen, Dr. Caroline Collins from UC San Diego, and the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute for Rural Studies. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (Visit calhum.org to learn more), and the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation.


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