Attention people of Earth and Southern California!
This Thursday marks the opening of How We Roll, a six-month exhibition on African-America’s contribution to surfing, skateboarding and rollerskating culture at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.
Starting with the history of black surfing from the 17th and 18th century in Polynesia and Africa and on into the US, the exhibit rolls through the African-American surf-skateboard-rollerskate continuum featuring photos by Glen E. Friedman, Grant Brittain, Jim Goodrich, Lance Dawes, Atiba Jefferson, Neftalie and more. Spotlights include the legacy of pioneering black female pro skateboarder Stephanie Person and the way that skateboarding has cross-pollinated with black music formats like Afropunk, hip-hop, jazz and reggae.
Get a preview of what the exhibit looks like here.
Here’s a piece of the black skateboarding story on the East Coast from Jeremiah Alexis via Current TV
Bonus clip after the jump: a tribute to the irrepressible black skater & actor Harold Hunter, R.I.P.