September 11, 2020

Cultural Resources


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Stanford:

In 1967, Dr. King was invited to Stanford by the Political Union Board. The letter stated that the Stanford students, “are vitally concerned with the direction taken by the civil rights movement in the United States and the leadership asserted by yourself and others within their lifetime. Your leadership and your vocabulary have defined the goals and tactics of the civil rights and peace movements during this decade; your example has given personal commitment a fuller and deeper meaning to the student and concerned layman… We know you will be able to offer great insights into these problems and their solutions.”  Dr. King gave a speech that would come to be known as “The Other America” this speech would be given again at various times in 1967-68.


Cesar Chavez and Latino students at Stanford:

In 1984, Cesar Chavez spoke at a rally for the Unites Stanford Workers later marching with students  and members of the United Stanford Workers  to President Kennedy’s office to state their complaints.

Chavez came back to the Stanford campus in 1991 when Stanford MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan.” or “Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) became involved in the United Farm Workers grape boycott. Chavez delivered a keynote speech as well as visited Casa Zapata to sign Tony Burciaga’s “The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes.”

Black Panthers – Presence in Palo Alto:

  • API – Photo: Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale, lower left, urges supporters of Angela Davis to go into black, Chicano and other communities to drum up support for her. Seale was one of more than 150 supporters of Miss Davis who showed up outside the courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. on Dec. 8, 1971 where Judge Richard E. Arnason and attorneys were holding an in-chambers conference. Arnason announced that the trial for Miss Davis will begin on January 31 in San Jose, Calif. – Associated Press

“Sharing our Lives – Black Neighborhoods of Palo Alto”

Ruth Lacey’s 2002 documentary of Palo Alto from the late 1800s to post WWII . Moderated by Sarah Boyd with interviews of John Gooch, Felix Natis, Willie Haymes, Lillian Herring, and others. Also included is a short video of Doris Richmond sharing stories of her life in Palo Alto. Doris was the first Black employee of the Palo Alto Library.

MC YOUTH PRESENTS – from the MidPen Media Center:

Black Excellence Featured on MC Youth Presents | Midpen Media …

MC Youth Presents: Black Excellence Episode 2 | Midpen Media …

  • By Eva Barrows. On MC Youth Presents’ February show, host Nyla Choates talks with two guests who foster black excellence in schools and the business …

MC Youth Produces Special Black History Month Episode | MidPen …

  • MC Youth Produces Special Black History Month Episode. Check out the most recent show from the MC interns. Midpen Media Center.

California Black Media | Midpen Media Center

  • Henrietta J. Burroughs, a local journalist, hosts this twice-a-month public program.