Bridges Digital Archive: Audio and Video Recordings


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Deborah Franklin shares stories of her early life in San Bernardino, her experiences with racism at the University of Redlands, and her journey as a councilwoman and Mayor of the City of Banning. She places a great emphasis on her role models, including her Grandmother Eula Saville, who was one of the first Black families to own land in The Valley Truck Farms. She expresses gratitude to her biggest supporters, talks about the lessons she learned in her political involvement, and her strong calling to serve her community.


Interview conducted by Lea Michelle Cash.