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100th Anniversary tribute for All American legend Walter Gordon for his role as an outstanding University of California Berkeley pioneer

(BERKELEY) October 28, 2022 a public celebration will be taking place at the University of California Berkeley for the school's 1st football All American (Walter Gordon) for his 100th anniversary of being Berkeley Law’s 1st black graduate and founder of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapter (1922).  Walter Gordon is the subject of the current documentary "All American" being produced about his life as a forgotten early 20th century social justice and civil rights pioneer.

"Walter Gordon's contributions to Berkeley and the entire Bay Area can best be described as mythical, and his work and commitment to anti-discrimination in the early 20th century makes him one of the forerunners of the diversity, equity and inclusion movement of today," says filmmaker Doug Harris.    

Join host Noah Griffin for panel discussion and video presentation with Berkeley Filmmaker Doug Harris, the grandsons of Berkeley Law’s Walter Gordon and Chief Justice Earl Warren, Cal Associate Athletic Director Ty-Ron Douglas, and 2022 Cal Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and senior member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Ahmad Anderson.  Presented by Cal Athletics and dougharrismedia.com.
  
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Richmond and SF Giants hosts ball field dedication honoring Willie Mays

(RICHMOND) Almost every young baseball fan around the Bay Area in the 1960s idolized Willie Mays, and in Richmond the city's top brass idolized him for his charitable work in the community work through the March of Dimes. And for his contributions to their East Bay community, the City of Richmond and the San Francisco Giants recently renamed the Nicholl Park baseball field in his honor.  

"Anytime we get an opportunity to honor our great legends is very special to me, and especially those who I've had an opportunity to see close up in person," says Doug Harris.  "And having the opportunity to film the festivities of the ball field dedication in Richmond with all the folks I've worked closely with over the years was a wonderful experience."



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

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 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.


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