Documenting our Changemakers

Man in front of mural

You’re invited! — Changemakers book launch and celebration
Save the date:  Thursday, September 12, 2019, 4:00 PM
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA  94115

With support and coordination from the Center’s Engage San Francisco campus-community partnership, USF students began researching the stories of African American leaders featured on the Inspiration Murals at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Western Addition as part of their mission to explore issues of diversity, inequality, social justice, and social change in Fall 2015. Students in both the Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars and the Martín-Baró Scholars Programs have devoted years of community-engagement work, research, and writing to bring to fruition a 200-page book that collects all 95 biographies. The Changemakers community-engaged learning project is the result of more than 80 student contributors, multiple faculty members, research assistants, librarians, and countless community members who shared their knowledge and expertise in bringing the publication to print.

The printed publication, due out in Fall of 2019, is the first step in preserving the memory of the Changemakers. A secondary goal will be to create a website where additional documentation and information including visuals, references and links for each of the African American leaders can be found. Subsequent plans for digital preservation and storage of the original written and audio research for public access are being explored through a partnership with USF’s Gleeson Library. Also in the works is a coloring book version of the biographies, aimed at reaching early elementary school aged children.

Make plans to join us for the book launch celebration with contributors from campus and community on Thursday afternoon, September 12, 4:00 PM. To request an invitation, send an email to

Read more about the Engage San Francisco and the campus-community partnership with the Western Addition in USF Magazine.



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