African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County / Jan Batiste Adkins ; foreword by Dr. Steven Millner
- Life for Santa Clara County's black pioneers : 1770-1899 -- Establishing community through the African American church : 1860-1945 -- 20th century Africans Americans and community building : 1900-1950 -- The good brothers, educational opportunities, and black student athletes : 1950-1968 -- Postwar technology boom and opportunities for African Americans : 1950-1990 -- The black community creating opportunities and opening doors : 1970-Present.
- "The rich history of people of African heritage in the Santa Clara Valley began as early as 1777, and in the 1800s, a lively black community took root. By the Great Migration in the 1900s, neighborhoods in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara became home to many African Americans from Southern and Midwest states who were seeking new opportunites. By the 1960s, African Americans found jobs in the emerging technology industry, at Ford Motor Company, and in public service agencies. African Americans pursued degrees at San Jose State College (SJSC), the University of Santa Clara, Stanford University, and community colleges located in the Santa Clara Valley. SJSC's athletic programs opened the door for student athletes, while Dr. Harry Edwards, John Carlos, and Tommy Smith took on civil rights challenges. The complicated history of the black community throughtout Santa Clara County has mirrored the nation's slow progress towards social and economic success. This progress is captured in the presented images chronicling individual stories of political struggle, success, and triumph."--Provided by publisher.
- 9781467102438 (paperback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (page 127).
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