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The Story of Sugar Hill


Have you ever wondered about the history in your own backyard? Or more specifically, the neighborhood surrounding you? This week, we explore the story of Sugar Hill, a neighborhood in Los Angeles that shares a common story with many places across the United States and beyond. Join Don Gavitte as he takes us on a journey to not that long ago, when urban development created problems we still face today.

About the Host

Don Gavitte has been teaching high school social studies for 30 years. He lives in Portland, OR with his family and pet rabbit. Don is a also a stand-up comic who has made dozens of dollars in tips at local shows since 2018.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.