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Duan Kellum and Doris Kellum, a mother and son, discuss their lives as a military family who were stationed at the Norton Air Force Base and lived in Redlands, CA. Mr. and Mrs. Kellum recount memories of black owned businesses in Redlands and San Bernardino, CA, the racial dynamics and history of busing in the Redlands Unified School District, and their community in north Redlands. The Kellum’s describe the importance of a close-knit community both at the Norton Air Force Base and in the Texonia Village, which played a vital role in Duan’s positive upbringing. Mr. Kellum shares his experiences with racism in Redlands, starting with racial discrimination in RUSD to racial profiling from the police. Mrs. Kellum talks about her experiences growing up in Virginia and her encounters with racism during their drive across country to Redlands in 1969. The Kellum’s discuss their hardships and experiences living through both COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement. During the pandemic Mr. Kellum found solace in art, by running the SKOOLBOIZ art studio in San Bernardino, CA. Mr. Kellum talks about the importance of working for change both in the school district and society.


Interview conducted by Tiana Mosley and Kendall Green.