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Thousands protest Black Panther Raid, City Hall
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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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Title supplied by cataloger.; 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.; Photograph included in the Exhibit: Firsts, Seconds and Thirds: African American Leaders in Los Angeles During the 1960s and ’70s from the Rolland J. Curtis Collection.
In 1969, Angela Davis became an assistant professor of Philosophy at UCLA. Due to her affiliation with the Communist Party in the United States and close ties to the Black Panther movement, the UCLA Board of Regents, at the urging of Governor Ronald Reagan, fired her from her position. A year later, Angela Davis' name was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitive list; she became the third woman and the second African American woman to be added. She was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder after guns she purchased were used during the escape attempt by the Soledad Brothers, resulting in the death of the trial judge, the brothers and their accomplice. She was found not guilty by an all-white jury in 1972.
Angela Davis speaks from the Spring Street steps of City Hall during the community rally on December 11, 1969; on the left is Rev. H. H. Brookins from First A.M.E. Church. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people have come out to protest the deteriorating relations between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Black Community. Protesters claim that officers applied excessive force during their raid on the Southern California Headquarters of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, 4115 S. Central Avenue, three days before.
1 negative :safety ;10 x 13 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Rolland J. Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
Davis, Angela Y.--(Angela Yvonne),--1944-
Brookins, H. Hartford
Black Panther Party
Black Panther Party.--Southern California Chapter
First A.M.E. Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Clergy
Los Angeles City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Demonstrations--California--Los Angeles
Clergy--California--Los Angeles
Civil rights workers--United States
Black power--United States
Black militant organizations--United States
African Americans--Social conditions--1964-1975
Public speaking--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
City halls--California--Los Angeles
Public buildings--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Spring Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Austin, John C. W.(John Corneby Wilson),1870-1963
Parkinson, Donald B.(Donald Berthold),1895-1945
Parkinson, John,1861-1935
Martin, Albert C.,1879-1960
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