Little Rock. Greensboro. Birmingham. Selma. Los Angeles.
These cities are well known as the historical spots of civil rights protests and battles during the '50s and '60s. For the most part, the leading voices of the movement had to make themselves seen and heard in the South. That said, the fight for equality was felt throughout the nation—including here in Stockton, California.
Today, the majority of farm laborers in the Central Valley are made up of Mexican and Central American workers. However, from the 1940s to about 1960, African Americans and poor whites—those fleeing the Dust Bowl of the 1930s—made up the majority of farm labor here. Those African American workers and their families would face their share of racism, but a form that differed from the other half of the country. According to them, in general, it was much more hidden and subtle here versus the blatant, "in your face" racism of the Southern states.