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Heritage of Power and the Legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant

California Historical Society

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

Heritage of Power and the Legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant

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Scholar, performer, and filmmaker Susheel Bibbs will offer a special book event on the release of a new enhanced edition of her book Heritage of Power (Marie LaVeaux to Mary Ellen Pleasant). Mary Pleasant, an activist and entrepreneur in early San Francisco, is known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. In her colorful career Pleasant aided abolitionist John Brown, fought for civil rights and jobs, raised a great fortune, and fought a great court battle in Old Sacramento that later changed modern-day civil rights. In her presentation, Bibbs will deliver readings from her book within a brief talk entitled "Before Martin There Was Mary" and will then show her award-winning short film entitled The Legacy of Mary Ellen Pleasant. Both her book and Bibbs' film explain Pleasant's title and her great trial. Please RSVP at

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California Historical Society
678 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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California Historical Society

Our mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.

The California Historical Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.

The Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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