The collaborative effort of former Weed school teacher James Langford and filmmaker Mark Oliver produced a richly textured documentary about the history and experiences of Weed’s African American community.

“From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights,” which premiered at College of the Siskiyous in September 2010, will air on MCTV15 and online at through the end of February.

“From the Quarters…” weaves personal narratives and photos from interviews with members of Weed’s African American community, concentrated in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, who chronicle their own – and their families’ – early experiences.

The result is a film rich in detail about African American life in Weed during the decades since the end of World War I, when lumber companies first moved operations from the vanishing timber stands in the south to the flourishing northern California forests and encouraged their workers to follow.

Langford was hired in 1975 as Weed’s first African American elementary school teacher. He also served as adjunct faculty at COS, teaching American History and African American History.

Artist and independent filmmaker Mark Oliver has directed and produced more than 20 films, several of which have won film festival awards in the US and in Europe.

Oliver and Langford began their collaboration with a successful bid for a California Council for the Humanities grant made available for the filming of the little-known histories of California communities. Oliver is the film’s director, he and Langford its co-producers.

“From the Quarters…” has received awards from San Diego to Berlin, Germany.
Siskiyou Media Council wishes to thank Oliver and Langford for making this broadcast available in celebration of Black History Month. Their generosity allows a rare opportunity for our Siskiyou County community to celebrate a unique aspect of our history through the voices and stories of neighbors and friends.

“From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights” will air on MCTV15 and online at this Friday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

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