Felecia Gaston - A Brand New Start...This is Home (Dominican University of California)

Felecia Gaston

A Brand New Start...This Is Home
The Story of WWII Marinship and the Legacy of Marin City

Dominican University - Guzman Hall
$30 Includes Book
Tues., March 26, 2024 • 6:30pm PT

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact events@bookpassage.com with questions regarding events.

Please join us in welcoming Felecia Gaston who will be interviewed by Elaine Petrocelli in celebration of "A Brand New Start...This is Home" on "The Story of WWII Marinship and the Legacy of Marin City". Doors open at 6:00 PM! 



A Brand New Start...This Is Home documents Marin City’s founding as a shipbuilding community during WWII, as workers migrated from the American South & Midwest to create Marin County’s only Black enclave. This book focuses mainly on housing and social challenges from 1942 to the present day, showing the community’s fierce strength and resilience.


Felecia Gaston is the Founder & Executive Director of Performing Stars, a non-profit organization, founded in 1990, to provide enrichment programs for low-income children, families and communities. The organization has transformed the lives of 3,000 of youth for over a period of 32 years.

To celebrate its 80 year history in 2022 Felecia has created the Marin City Historical & Preservation Society to tell the largely untold story of African American perseverance in Marin County.

Some of Felecia’s awards include the Marin Women & Hall of Fame (1999) and the Marin Human Rights Commission - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award (2002). She also has been featured on television in ABC7 Salutes by Cheryl Jennings, Anchor, KGO-TV (2006) and the Hallmark Channel-New Morning Television (2006). In 2012, Felecia was recognized with a Cultural Treasures Award by the Marin County Cultural Services Commission, as an honoree for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s “Bridging the Generations” event, and as a Role Model Hero of Marin by the Pacific Sun newspaper and Circle Bank. In 2015, Felecia was presented with recognition into the House of Representatives Congressional Record by the Honorable Jared Huffman. In 2020 Felecia received the Center for Volunteers and Nonprofit Leadership’s Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award. And most recently, in 2023 The HER Community Service Award, sponsored by HERPRENUER Network. 


Felecia Gaston photo courtesy of the author



Guzman Hall
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901