Courage Under Fire: The History of African American Firefighters in Los Angeles

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$0    |  Feb 22, 2020  |  4:00PM - 5:30PM
Los Angeles Central Public Library


The history of African American firefighters in Los Angeles is a little known piece of Los Angeles history that stretches from the appointment of Sam Haskins, Los Angeles' first black fireman in 1892, to the segregation and then integration of the fire service during the 1950s and the establishment of the Stentorians, an organization of Black firefighters in Los Angeles. During this presentation Los Angeles County Fire Captain Brent Burton will explore how it all came about and how these events have challenged us to look at the fire service today. Q&A session will follow the presentation.

This presentation is co-hosted by the Business & Economics Department and Science, Technology, & Patents Department.