CALIFORNIA: The Gift

In a barren place surrounded by the lush abundance of California's San Joaquin Valley live the 300 Negro men, women and children of Teviston. Most of the family heads went to the valley from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas some 20 years ago as migrant farm workers, pinched their dollars, and with earnest pride bought their own land on a sandy alkali flat and called it home. The neighboring town and country were nourished by huge water projects and irrigation systems. Other valley towns thrived, but Teviston never amounted to much because it...