Doug Harris (right) media producer/consultant and award winning documentary filmmaker who's career in media evolved through his sports background and
years of work in the community services field in the Bay Area and Northern California region.
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.
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 www.dougharrismedia.com.
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.