How can a 92-year old museum best showcase a community’s history that is still uncollected?
Celebrate San Diego: Black History & Heritage is a new project of the San Diego History Center. More than an exhibition with a limited life span, this initiative is multi-layered and has life in the physical, the digital, as well as the SDHC permanent collection to be shared and studied for generations to come. Check back here on our website and through our social media channels – starting February 2021 – to experience (and contribute) to this shared journey.
Here is what we know:
Celebrate represents ongoing collaboration and partnerships that occur in real life and through digital portals.
Celebrate is an unfolding exhibition that’s not complete without on-going community crowd-sourced insights, information and items.
Like the community itself, Celebrate is dynamic and ever-evolving.
Do you have an artifact to donate?
How else can you contribute to this effort today? Nominate a local Hero.
Nominate a Black hero that has been a pioneer, visionary, champion, leader or inspirational to you in the San Diego region.
Donations for this upcoming exhibit can be made here
How can you contribute to this effort today?
You can tell us! A 24-foot wide historical timeline will be a key feature of the exhibition. Submit an event, milestone, or memory that should be included in the history of Black San Diego and Black San Diegans.
Submit your additions to our timeline of San Diego Black History
Harold’s background includes being a school teacher, a banker, and the deputy director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho, Africa. He returned to San Diego State University in 1971 to accept the position as assistant to the SDSU President and established the Afro-American Studies program.
His high standing in the city’s predominantly black community known as Southeast San Diego and his connections in the Democratic Party undoubtedly helped Gilliam to become the first African American judge in San Diego County when Gov. Edmund G. Brown named him to fill a vacancy on the San Diego Municipal Court in 1963.
More heroes coming soon!
Add your nomination today!