Even though Black History Month is coming to an end, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) continues to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans who have helped shape and build the communities we live in today.
Black Americans have shaped California and the nation for centuries – as leaders, scientists, authors, innovators, humanitarians, and as licensees of DCA boards and bureaus.
This year, DCA highlighted Architect Robert Kennard. Kennard was born in Los Angeles and graduated from USC where he earned an architectural degree and later become licensed by the California Board of Architects. He was a role model for young people of color aspiring to become architects and active in numerous community organizations, including both the Los Angeles and California chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1957, he established Kennard Design Group (KDG) Architecture and Planning, noted as the oldest Black-owned and operated architecture firm in Los Angeles.
Architect Vincent J. Proby was also highlighted for his work. One of his most notable projects is the iconic 44,000-square-foot California African American Museum (CAAM), designed alongside African American architect Jack W. Haywood. Proby was appointed to the California State Board of Architectural Examiners in 1978 (later renamed the California Architects Board) and served on the Board for eight years. He served as Secretary, Vice President, and President. He died at the age of 59 in 1987.
Our department reflects on the importance of Black History Month and will continue to honor the history, achievements, and legacies of Black Americans. DCA is a department that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.