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CALLED UP documentary screening at UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame
celebrates the university's Beloved Community Initiative

(LOS ANGELES) The filmmaking team of Raymond Bell and Doug Harris recently screened their PBS documentary CALLED UP: The Emmett Ashford Story at UCLA to an intimate crowd on campus as part of the university's "Beloved Community Initiative" weeklong series of events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson.

Emmy award winning sports producer Raymond Bell, executive producer of CALLED UP and UCLA alumnus arranged the screening in conjunction with the school's Community Programs Office to present the film to Emmett Ashford's hometown in Los Angeles before the PBS broadcasts later this summer during the 2022 baseball season.

"The post screening panel discussion was just as long as the fim, and it created an exciting dialogue from the audience," says filmmaker Doug Harris. "Presenting our film on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball was very special for our production team."

UC Berkeley football alumni organize "Black to Cal"
tailgate event to network with black students at university

(BERKELEY,CA) UC Berkeley's recent downward spiral in the enrollment of black students has been of great concern to many, and a team of the university's black football alumnus are stepping up to address this pressing issue.  Led by former Golden Bears players Brian McGhee, Majett Whiteside and Hardy Nickerson, the trio recently organized the "Black to Cal" tailgate event for alumni to form a close bond with the university's current black students.

The on-campus event was held at the Fannie Lou Hamer Center prior to the season-ending Cal vs USC football game, and provided an enjoyable networking opportunity for students and alumni to positively engage.  The tailgate was a kick-off for future events being planned by the group of ex-Golden Bears.

Doug Harris (right) on the studio set with CBS San Francisco sportscaster Vern Glenn for Sunday night GAMEDAY

All American: The Walter Gordon Story

All American
is a one-hour documentary being produced to explore Walter Gordon’s storied life through a lens to analyze his pioneering challenges and accomplishments, in comparison to the current state of progress that has or has not been made with race relations today.

In 1918, Walter Gordon became the West Coast’s first college football All American for the California Golden Bears.  This monumental achievement would catapult his career journey as an early 20th century African American civil rights activist and social justice pioneer.  Faced with the early rigors of racism, filmmaker Doug Harris chronicles the challenges Walter Gordon encountered as a police officer, coach, attorney, NAACP president, state official, governor and federal judge.

Prior to the great WWII migration of African Americans to the Bay Area, Walter Gordon set out to uplift his community through law enforcement as Berkeley's first black police officer, while also attending law school at UC Berkeley's prestigious Boalt School of Law and serving as an assistant coach for the Golden Bears football team, all at the same time.  This was a feat that many today would deem unimaginable.

After graduating from law school in 1923, he added to his full plate by becoming the president of the Berkeley/Oakland chapter of the NAACP where he led the ongoing fight against racial discrimination and became a leader in the early fight for civil rights and social justice.  After retiring from the police department in 1931, he opened up his law practice in Berkeley and began positioning himself for an even bigger role in state and federal government.

In 1943, California Governor Earl Warren appointed Walter Gordon to a top post with the parole board where he would play an integral role in helping to reorganize the state's prison system while serving as the chairman of the Adult Authority for nine years, then being named the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955.  After serving his term as governor, he would finish his career as a federal judge from 1958 to 1969.

All American is being produced in conjunction with the East Bay Media Center in Berkeley, and is slated for PBS airing through station partner KVIE Sacramento.  "This is one of the most challenging films that I have ever produced, and it's a truly amazing story that demonstrates the important role that African Americans from Berkeley have played in the civil rights struggle throughout our country," says filmmaker Doug Harris.
Documentary Photo Exhibit
The Documentary Photo & Video Exhibit
is an art project that was originally slated for exhibition this Spring, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and temporary closure of Richmond Museum of History in Richmond, California, this exhibit has been changed into a full online presentation here at

I was excited to present this blend of archival photos and video clips from our award winning four-part An Exploration of Our History documentary series on the walls at the museum.  By changing a negative into positive, we crafted this presentation to offer a considerably larger number of photos and video clips that now give viewers an even larger perspective of the rich history and black experience in North Richmond, California.

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