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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.; Photograph included in the Exhibit: King, the Kennedys, & Los Angeles. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, acting as chairman of the President’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime, holds a press conference in the choral room at Markham Junior High School in the Watts neighborhood on June 9, 1964. Nearby is Leon Aubry, Sr.
1 photographic print :b&w;10x13 cm. Photographic prints
00053380 Rolland J Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection RC_0875.11 CARL0000061238 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/123294
Kennedy, Robert F.,--1925-1968 Aubry, Leon Sr Markham Middle School (Watts, Los Angeles, Calif.) Political campiagns--California--Los Angeles Press conferences--California--Los Angeles Classrooms--California--Los Angeles Middle schools--California--Los Angeles Schools--California--Watts (Los Angeles) Microphones Podiums--California--Los Angeles Interiors--California--Watts (Los Angeles) Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.)