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Seeds Of Change Episode 1

SEEDS OF CHANGE EPISODE 1 “United We Stand: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Food Justice in Black Los Angeles’s Victory Markets.”

In WWII era Los Angeles a young Black preacher, Rev. Clayton D. Russell, and Black businesswoman, Charlotta Bass, launched the Los Angeles Negro Victory Commitee. In doing so, they not only helped plant seeds of today’s food justice movements. They also helped radically alter the political landscape of the city with implications that continue to this day. (Photo Credit: Charlotta Bass [third from right] and Rev. Clayton D. Russell [second from right] with other African American leaders in Los Angeles, 1949. Courtesy of the Southern California Library [Los Angeles, California]).

Seeds of Change Episode 1 features interviews from Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg (Cal Poly Pomona) and Dr. Lorn Foster (Pomona College). It was written and produced by Dr. Caroline Collins (Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego and Cal Ag Roots Producer at the California Institute for Rural Studies) and edited by Li Schmidt (Associate Associate Storyteller and Researcher at the California Institute for Rural Studies).

This project was made possible with support from the 11th Hour Project at the Schmidt Family Foundation.

Archival Audio of Rev. Clayton D. Russell Courtesy of Cal State Long Beach Special Collections and oral historian Sherna Berger Gluck.

Music Credits for Episode 1: “Strange Persons” by Kicksta; “Petit Gennevilliers (Celesta”) by MagnusMoone; “Summer Breeze” and “Inward” by HansTroost, “Tiger Rag” by Friars Society Orchestra; “All American News 10” by William Alexander, E.M. Glucksman, and Claude Barnett; and “Symphony in black—a rhapsody of Negro life” by Duke Ellington. Tribe of Noise licensing information can be found here: Pixabay terms terms of service can be found here: Library of Congress disclaimers can be found here:

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