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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. Demonstrators, including one man carrying a Huey P. Newton poster, at the corner of Broadway and Temple Street during the community rally on December 11, 1969; behind them are the Hall of Justice and the United States Court House and Post Office. 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
00121601 Rolland J. Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection RC_0132.13 CARL0005342791 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/123321
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