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Ralph Ellison, American writer
Keith Chaffee, February 24, 2020

Ralph Ellison was born on March 1, 1914. Ellison was an important writer of the early civil rights movement, remembered today principally for his novel Invisible Man.


8 notable African Americans
Janice Batzdorff, February 24, 2020

Before Barack Obama, Hiram Revels and Shirley Chisholm helped govern the nation. William Wells Brown wrote a novel before Toni Morrison. Phillis Wheatley published poems before Langston Hughes. And Oscar Micheaux made films before Spike Lee and Ava DuVernay.


Fat Domino, a legendary R&B and rock & roll artist
Keith Chaffee, February 21, 2020

Antoine “Fats” Domino was born on February 26, 1928. Domino was one of the creators of rock and roll. His New Orleans boogie-woogie piano playing, rich voice, and warm personality made him one of the biggest stars of the 1950s.


Gina Hemphill
Christina Rice, February 03, 2020

We have to wait until the summer of 2028 for Los Angeles to host the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, but when we do, we will join Paris and London as only the third city to host the Summer Games three times, having previously done so in 1932 and famously, in 1984.


Five women pose in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968
Photo Friends, February 20, 2019

Over 25 years ago, while organizing the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, librarian Carolyn Kozo Cole found many photos that documented the city’s political and professional history—political rallies, building construction, front page stories—but few images showing the personal side of it


Collage of featured books on the map of United States
Diane Garcia, February 12, 2019

Black History Month is a time to remember the contributions that African Americans have left on our country and world. This year’s theme, Black Migrations, explores the impact the African diaspora has made around the globe.


Photographer Rolland J. Curtis and his mother, Mathilda Curtis. They are standing near a Delta Airlines plane, and she is wearing a corsage.
Photo Friends, May 24, 2018

Born in Louisiana in 1922, Rolland J. Curtis came to Los Angeles with his wife in 1946 after serving in the Marines during WWII.


Image from Black Panther movie
Eileen Ybarra, February 28, 2018

Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens.


Devil in a Blue Dress movie poster (1995)
Janice Batzdorff, February 26, 2018

They work in Watts, Chicago, Oakland, and Harlem, go on vacation in Provincetown, MA, and return home to Otis, South Carolina (pop. 5,000). They include an Ivy League professor, an ex-CIA agent, a volatile ex-cop, a journalist, a domestic worker, an attorney, a Ph.D.


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