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Lecture--"Robert Kennard--Architect and Mentor" an MLK Day Event from Monro...

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Monrovia Historical Museum

742 East Lemon Avenue

Monrovia, CA 91016

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In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Monrovia Historical Museum will be hosting a program on Monrovia’s own Robert Kennard, founder of the oldest African-American architecture firm in Los Angeles. The event entitled “Robert Kennard—Architect and Mentor” will be presented by three individuals: Jerome Robinson, a USC graduate student, who wrote his masters thesis on Kennard; Gail Kennard, Kennard’s daughter, and President of the Kennard Design Group; and Ralph Walker, KGEM newscaster.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia.

The speakers will talk about Kennard’s childhood in Monrovia and his struggle to find his first architecture job. A World War II and Korean War veteran, Kennard attended USC’s School of Architecture on the GI Bill. In 1957 he founded the Kennard Design Group, which provided architecture and planning services, and overcame struggles to become one of the largest and oldest African-American architectural firms west of the Mississippi River.

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