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Billy Mills shakes hands
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Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Curtis, Rolland J
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Rolland Joseph 'Speedy' Curtis was born in Louisiana in 1922. After serving three years in the Marines during World War II, he and his wife, Gloria, relocated from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 1946. Curtis served four years with the Los Angeles Police Department, but resigned from the force in order to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from USC. He later became involved in city politics, as an associate of Sam Yorty, and later a field deputy to City Council members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley. He was briefly director of the Model Cities program in 1973. Rolland J. Curtis died in his home in 1979, the victim of a homicide. An affordable housing complex on Exposition Blvd. near Vermont Ave. was named in his honor in 1981, along with a nearby street and park.; Elected in 1963, Billy G. Mills (1929-) was the third African American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council, a seat he held until 1974 when he became a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. He was the first African American chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee, winning over fellow Councilman Tom Bradley by just three votes.
Pictured are City Councilman Billy Mills (at right) shaking hands with an unidentified man. The Councilman presented the Community Beautiful resolution for the South Los Angeles Invitational Christmas Parade, and this gentleman was somehow involved with the event. Photograph dated December 9, 1966. See images 00119162 through 00119164, and 00137974 through 00137981 for additional photos in this series.
1 color negative : safety ; 10 x 13 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Rolland J. Curtis Collection
RC 0009.07
Mills, Billy G
Los Angeles City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
City council members
Legislators--United States
African American politicians
African American men
Flags--United States
Los Angeles (Calif.)
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