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California’s Hidden History of Slavery

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Part of the ACLU of Northern California's Gold Chains campaign, this video tells a story that was deliberately left out of official histories: California enslaved Black people. Now a historic panel is calling on the state to pay reparations to descendants of enslaved African Americans for generations of government-sanctioned discrimination that deprived them of the opportunity to build wealth. Watch and learn.

Produced and Directed by David Zlutnick

Hosted by Pendarvis Harshaw
Animation by Arielle Ray

July 2023 // 4 min.

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