Kern County High School Class of 1908 Kern County High School, Class of 1908.  Earl Warren is third from left on the front row


Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST
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Kern County Museum, in the Fellows Hotel 
3801 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield,, CA 93301

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Ken Hooper 
Kern County Historical Society 

Earl Warren in the Civil Rights Era 

Earl Warren, Kern County High School Class of 1908, presided over the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case to end segregation of children in public schools. The emphasis is to discuss the local backlash Earl Warren faced in Kern County, in the frame of anti-Civil Rights. Earl Warren faced backlash for his role in Brown V. Board of Education, while this was a local phenomenon, it was not a unique characteristic of this geographic location. The talk will frame a local to a national context, and covering the difference between anti-Communism rhetoric and anti-Civil Rights language.

Duration of presentation:

45 minutes and Q&A time before lunch 

Lunch: Chicken kabobs, garden salad, pita bread, rice and hummus. Provided by Flame & Skewers 

Presenter: Donato Cruz

Donato Cruz is a graduate student at California State University, Bakersfield majoring in History with a focus on Digital Humanities and Civil Rights History. He's currently writing a thesis on housing in Kern County, CA. Also works as a Graduate Research Assistant at CSUB's Walter W. Stiern Library where he handles archiving, researching, digitizing, filming and other works having to do with educational purposes. He aspires to finish his Master's degree and pursue a PhD.