African American History

Peer-Reviewed Articles

1. “‘A New Expression for a New People’: Race and Ballet in Los Angeles, 1946-56,” Journal of the West 44, no. 2 (2005): 24-33.

2. “Living the Los Angeles Renaissance: A Tale of Two Black Composers,” The Journal of African American History 91, no. 1 (2006): 55-72.

 

3. “Dance Moves: An African-American Ballet Company in Postwar Los Angeles,” Pacific Historical Review 83, no. 3 (2014): 487-527. DOI: 10.1525/phr.2014.83.3.487. Online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/phr.2014.83.3.487

 

Book Reviews

1. Josh Sides, L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003), in Journal of the West 44, no. 1 (2005): 107-08.

 

2. Karen Sotiropoulos, Staging Race: Black Performers in Turn of the Century America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006), in American Historical Review 111, no. 5 (2006): 1531-32.

3. Beverly Soll, I Dream a World: The Operas of William Grant Still (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2005), in The Journal of African American History 92, no. 2 (2007): 305-07.

4. Diane Pecknold, ed., Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013) in The Journal of African American History 101, no. 3 (2016): 377-79.

 

Recording

Crown City Trio: Live at Caltech. CD. Ragtime, blues and rock. Kenneth Marcus, guitar and lead vocals; Dalton Perry, harmonica and vocals; Andrew Patscheck, bass and vocals. Works by Scott Joplin, Arthur Crudup, Elmore James, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, and others. Recorded live, Pasadena, California, June 30, 2000.

 

Grants

1. Research Grant, The John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation/Historical Society of Southern California, 2000

2. Short-term Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2001

3. NEH Summer Institute on California and the post-Civil War West, Prof. William Deverell, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2005

4. Research Grant, University of La Verne, 2006

 

Presentations

1. “Dance Orchestras in Black and White,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, California State University, Los Angeles, April 28, 2001

2. “A Phoenix of the Arts: The First Negro Classic Ballet of Los Angeles,” invited speaker, Los Angeles City Historical Society, Los Angeles Public Library, April 13, 2003

3. “A Phoenix of the Arts: The First Negro Classic Ballet of Los Angeles,” invited speaker, Brown Bag Lunch Series, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, May 9, 2003

4. “Race and Ballet in Postwar Los Angeles,” invited speaker, “Dreams Fulfilled Series on African American Arts and Culture,” The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, March 19, 2008

5. “Race and Ballet in Postwar Los Angeles,” invited speaker, The Westerners, Los Angeles Corral, Alhambra, CA, August 11, 2010

6. “The Central Avenue Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance,” invited speaker, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Skid Row History Museum and Archive, Los Angeles, May 2, 2015

7. “African American Ballet in Postwar Los Angeles,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg University, November 11, 2016

8. “African-American Ballet and Protest in Postwar Los Angeles,” panelist, “A New Era: Racial and Defense Culture in Mid-Twentieth Century Southern California,” Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, American Historical Association, California State University, Northridge, August 5, 2017

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