The Black Family Archive

Artwork by Adee Roberson


The Black Family Archive is a weekend-long activation by The Black Image Center, hosted by Community Build, to celebrate the Black legacy of LA’s Leimert Park neighborhood and the power of holding space for memory, legacy, and family. We invite you to document your own family. Bring in photos, digitize them with our archivists, and preserve the Black visual archive.

  • Consultations – Inspect your materials & advise on a preservation plan. 
  • Digitization – Digitize your photographic slides and prints [black & white or color].
  • Printouts – Provide prints of born-digital content, such as the photos stored on your phone, digital camera, or external hard-drive/USB.
  • Rehousing – Rehouse damaged, deteriorating and/or loose photos.

The Black Image Center is a collective based non-profit 501c3 organization founded by a group of young Black photographers. We aim to cultivate the imagination of Black image makers through workshops and equipment access. Our goal is to offer free and low cost photography services to young artists who come from communities that are historically disenfranchised. This is a direct attempt to put the stories of the Black experience back into the hands of Black people because too many Black stories have been narrated by other people. This event is produced through the support and encouragement of the teams at For Freedoms and Converse, in partnership with the archivists at The Gates Preserve.


Friday 10/22
3-6pm Scanning Open @ Community Build st. 103 RSVP
7pm Live Music @ Barbara’s RSVP

Saturday 10/23
12-5pm Scanning Open @ Community Build st. 103RSVP
1pm Artist Lecture @ Barbara’s RSVP

Sunday 10/24
11am Children’s Class @ Community Build Gardens st. 103
12-5pm Scanning @ Community Build st. 103 RSVP

Community Build
4305 Degnan Blvd #103, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Barbara Morrison Preforming Arts Center
4305 Degnan Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Proof of vaccination required, must wear a mask at all times indoors.


For Freedoms
Hear Her Here
Adee Roberson
The Gates Preserve
Hot and Cool
Supreme Prints and Designs
AA Party Supplies
Samy’s Camera