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The video sample above features excerpts from interviews conducted
by CSUMB scholars and runs approximately 45 minutes.
Dr. Rina Benmayor, co-founder and co-director of the CSUMB Oral History and Community Memory Institute and Archive, led a training session for project interviewers Asya Guillory and Dr. Linda Bynoe. Five main topics were identified as a framework for the interviews: 1. Background 2.Career/Work 3.Culture and Life 4.Military 5.Political Life
Some of those interviewed by the
African American Legacy Project:
Pearl Carey  was an inspiring woman, who became a dominant figure on the golf courses throughout the Monterey Peninsula. She was awarded the 2005 Joe Dey Award from the USGA. Pearl Carey was the second female and second African-American to receive this honor. Mrs. Carey was instrumental in promoting junior golf and First Tee of Monterey hailing the importance of minority participation in the sport of golf. Pearl Carey died 2009 at the age of 92. 
Reverend Richard Nance came to California from South Carolina to attend the Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. He accepted the ministry at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove in 1956 and served until 1992 and then again from 2005-2009. Through his activism and participation in many social organizations, Rev. Nance was instrumental in changing the atmosphere of racial segregation regarding housing on the Monterey Peninsula.

Mae Johnson was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement on the Monterey Peninsula. She helped to integrate the faculty and student populations at several middle and high schools on the Peninsula. Mae was named  the California State Legislature's 1987 Woman of the Year. 


Helen Rucker retired from Monterey Peninsula United School District in 1988 after serving 37 years in public schools in California, Louisiana, and Europe. Since retiring, she has volunteered in the community, serving as Mayor Pro Tem and Councilperson on the Seaside City Council, as well as volunteering for countless social, civic, health, and educational organizations.
Jannie Williams, a long time elementary school teacher was one of the first African American teachers in Monterey.. Elwood Williams served for 22 years in the Monterey County Housing authority.


African American Legacy Project
Acts of Reclamation • Reciprocal University for the Arts Project • Made possible with a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation
Project Directors: Amalia Mesa-Bains & Richard Bains • Project Coordinator: Normi Burke
Visual and Public ArtMusic and Performing Arts  • California State University, Monterey Bay 
Building 71   100 Campus Center   Seaside, CA   93955   (831) 582-3005
w e b w e r k : a r t h u r
visual and public art - csu monterey bay music and performing arts - csu monterey bay the national steinbeck center - salinas, ca the nathan cummings foundation