Protest to improve safety for schoolchildren, Los Angeles, 1966. Pictured are Leon Washington (front left) and Marnesba Tillmon Tackett (far right). Tackett, a civil rights activist, worked to desegregate Los Angeles public schools. Harry Adams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

Los Angeles, 1966

Police officers in front of Black Panther office at 4115 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, following a raid. December 8, 1969. Guy Crowder Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Digital Library.

"Free the Nine" anti-Parker Protest, C.O.R.E protest against police brutality, Los Angeles City Hall. Image published in the California Eagle, July 12, 1962. Harry Adams Collection. Tom & Ethel Bradley Center Photographs.

Thank-you card from Diana, a Santa Isabel Elementary School student, to the Mothers of East Los Angeles for a donation of books. Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection. Latino Archives.

Poster from Culture Clash's "The Mission" at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Ric Salinas Culture Clash Collection.

This weekly Spanish-language publication of the Los Angeles Times, La Opinión Para Tí, features an article on Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez and the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA). MELA started in 1985 when a group of women organized to fight a proposal for the construction of a new state prison in their neighborhood. Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.

Los Angeles County Deed of Title for Lot 5 in Block 81 of the Rancho Providencia and Scott Tract, once owned by Dr. David Burbank, to John D. Radcliff. The certificate was issued by the Title Insurace and Trust Co. of Los Angeles on October 12, 1899. Burbank Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

John Steven and Ida Lubrecht McGroarty, circa 1915. John Steven McGroarty was Poet Laureate of the State of California 1933-1934, and represented Los Angeles in the US House of Representatives from 1935 to 1939. He authored the Mission Play, which romanticized McGroarty's former home in the Verdugo Hills. The McGroarty's Tujunga home now houses the McGroarty Arts Center, part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

On September 26, 1940, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit Communists and members of the German-American Bund and other organizations from working on national-defense contracts. Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles Collection.

"Nava de Nava 26," 1980. In April, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Nava went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge and member of the Los Angeles Board of Education. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Archives.

Portrait of L. C. Brand, circa 1910. Brand came to California in 1886 and started the Los Angeles Abstract Company with Edwin Sargent. He and Henry E. Huntington formed the San Fernando Valley Land and Development Company. Brand was president of the Los Angeles and Glendale Railroad Company which provided connections from Los Angeles to Glendale with extensions to Burbank, Pasadena, and Griffith Park. Glendale Central Public Library. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Florynce Kennedy, civil rights lawyer, feminist, political activist, eccentric, New York, August 1, 1969; Photograph by Richard Avedon. In the 1970s Kennedy traveled the lecture circuit with writer Gloria Steinem. If a man asked the pair if they were lesbians — a stereotype of feminists at the time — Flo would quote TiGrace Atkinson and answer, "Are you my alternative?" In 1974, People magazine wrote that she was "The biggest, loudest and, indisputably, the rudest mouth on the battleground...

REPIN: "Clara Mae Luper was one of the early leaders of the civil rights movement in Oklahoma in the 50s. She was arrested 26 times for her civil rights activities. She led sit-ins to end segregation all over Ok. She was a candidate for the US Senate in 1972, and developed Black Voices Magazine in the the late 70s."

Black Panther Party Headquarters

A 1970 photograph (“Black Panther Bags”) by Neil Kenlock, the official photographer of the British Black Panther Party. This image is part of Autograph ABP Gallery’s “The Archive in Focus: Back in the Day” project. (h/t Terri Francis) More at:

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Emory Douglas, poster from The Black Panther, August 23, 1972,  offset lithograph, Collection of the Center for Study of Political Graphics,  Los Angeles, © Emory Douglas