Where Do We Go From Here? Preserving Los Angeles’s Black Business History

Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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What does the history of black entrepreneurship add to our understanding of black communities, politics, and economic life? This roundtable brings together long-term business owners who were interviewed for the UCLA Center for Oral History Research’s recent interview series “Where Do We Go From Here? Histories of Long-Term Black Business Ownership, Community, and Family in Los Angeles County.” They’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities for black businesses, their own business strategies, and the contributions black businesses make to the larger African American community. They’ll also reflect on how black businesses might be documented and how oral history can contribute to those efforts.

Moderated by Yolanda Hester

Roundtable Participants:

  • Vivian Bowers: Owner of Bowers & Sons Cleaners, a family business that has been in operation since the 1940s.
  • Carl Dickerson: Founder of Dickerson Employment Benefits, an insurance company that has been in existence since 1965.
  • Gregory Dulan: Second-generation restauranteur and owner of soul food restaurant Dulan’s on Crenshaw.
  • Kim L. Hunter: Founder of Lagrant Communications, a marketing communications agency, and Lagrant Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes diversity in the advertising, marketing, and public relations fields.
  • Gail Taylor: Third-generation owner of Woods Valentine Mortuary, which has been in operation since 1928.

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