Venice’s Inclusive African American Roots

1. Reflection Questions

What about Arthur L. Reese’s story stands out most to you?

How does learning about this history in Venice impact your perspective of Venice today?

2. Take Action

Dig Deeper. There are several locations throughout Los Angeles County that have rich and diverse histories that few people know about. As questions about land development, ownership and gentrification are elevated in Los Angeles county, it’s important to honor the stories of black, indigenous, people of color that are deeply rooted in the history of this county. Learn more of those stories and others that make up Los Angeles through KCET’s LOST LA history series.

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3. Healing + Resilience

Ground in Identity. Exploring the diverse aspects of one’s own identity can serve as a powerful foundation to self-awareness and well-being. When you know more about yourself, you can also create unexpected bridges to others around you. Are there any parts of your identity that you’re particularly proud of? What are some aspects of your identity that not many people know about? Write an identity poem to explore parts of yourself that you want to celebrate, question or learn more about. Check out some examples of poems about self and identity from famous poets to get inspired.

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