Bridges Digital Archive: Audio and Video Recordings


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M. Jean Peacock describes moving to San Bernardino in 1956, and her early memories of the westside churches and businesses. She describes her father’s prominent Black church in Michigan and the political activism of members. She remembers her early friendship with Amina Carter, and some of her experiences with discrimination in school and how they motivated her to complete her Psychology Ph.D. and ultimately to become one of the first Black professors at California State University, San Bernardino. She shares stories of her husband Walter Hutchins who became an early black school board member and his work supporting political candidates including Amina Carter. She concludes sharing her experiences of living through Covid, losing her husband, and how the Black Lives Matter movement and her own ancestors inspire her to persevere.


Interview conducted by Mary Tanouye and Denise Spencer (University of Redlands).