Allyson Johnson, Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier
Last week’s panel discussion, “Conversations and Reflections: The African-American Experience in Santa Clara County,” offered a comprehensive overview of the vital, but often overlooked contributions of local African Americans.
The event, presented Jan. 18 at the Los Altos History Museum, featured author Jan Batiste Adkins, documentary producer Kathy Cotton and Los Altos activist Kenan Moos. The panel was introduced by Perlita Dicochea, chairperson of the museum’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
The discussion began with a presentation by Batiste Adkins, author of “African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County.” The book traced African American history in the county from 1527, when a Spanish Moor named Estevanico guided a Spanish expedition into the area, into the 1700s, when five of the 14 founding families of the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe were “mulatto.”