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Leon H. Washington, Jr. at the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspapers 1964 Club Awards
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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.; Leon H. Washington, Jr. (1907-1974) became the first African American to serve on the Board of Directors of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and his own newspaper, the Los Angeles Sentinel which began publication in 1933, and is currently the oldest and largest running African American newspaper in Los Angeles. Washington became best known for his "Don't Spend Where You Can't Work" campaign, which boycotted businesses that operated in black communities, but refused to hire black workers.
Pictured is publisher and founder of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Leon H. Washington, Jr. He stands in-between two unidentified women and a unidentified man to the far right, holding a Los Angeles Sentinel Annual Press Conference Club award. The event took place at Dooto's Music Center in South Los Angeles with Floyd C. Covington as a guest speaker, who stressed the conference theme, "Community Betterment". Photograph dated November 5, 1964. See images 00053395, 00053443, 00119142, and 00137903 through 00137906, for additional photos in this series.
1 negative : safety ; 10 x 13 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Rolland J. Curtis Collection
RC 0003.05
Washington, Leon H.,--Jr
Los Angeles Sentinel
Award presentations
Award winners
Newspaper publishing
Newspaper editors--United States
African American young men
African American women
African American men
South Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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