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1619 Project: Discussion on Businessman Bernard Garrett, Zoom


Fri 02 / 03 / 2023
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Open to all

Limited capacity: Registration Closed




Richard Myers
For Black History Month, Pasadena Village's 1619 Project Discussion Group invites you to learn about Bernard Garrett, an incredible businessman who challenged persistent racism in downtown Los Angeles and in Texas in the 1950s and 60s. He built a successful real estate and banking business despite the segregation that African Americans faced in purchasing real estate. The 2020 film 'The Banker' was based on Bernard's entrepreneurism. His story will be told by Jurie Lewis, a friend from Villages NW in Portland, Oregon, who recently discovered that Bernard was a great uncle of hers.

Pasadena Village’s 1619 Project discussion group was inspired by the New York Times issue dated August 2019. This is a safe place to talk about the history of racism in America, to understand its origins and its residual impact. The group explores the ideas presented in the 1619 Project but not to follow its teaching curriculum.

This is a discussion group not intended as a teaching class. We often suggest articles that have been recommended to us only to initiate discussion, but homework is never required to participate in the discussion. Everybody can engage in the discussions by sharing what they learn from the news as well as what they have experienced in their lives. 

All are invited to join us to share your views, and to learn how members of the community experience racism in their own lives. Members from other villages and guests are always welcome!

Meetings are held twice a month, on the first and third Fridays. The first Friday meets at 10:00 - 11:30 AM and the third Friday at Noon - 1:30pm. Discussions from previous meetings can be found in the 1619 Project Discussion blog to read the postings and to learn more about this group.

For information or to join an upcoming discussions, contact the Village Office at or 626-765-6037.