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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


Photos of African-American composers of classical music
Keith Chaffee, February 15, 2019

February is African-American History Month, so this week, we look at the work of several African-American composers of classical music.


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.


portion of the front page of the liberator magazine
Neale Stokes, February 23, 2018

The Liberator is an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper, whose owner and editor, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, was born enslaved and spent twenty years in bondage before Emancipation.


Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building
Kelly Wallace, February 22, 2018

In 1920s Los Angeles, insurance companies considered blacks to be either uninsurable or extremely high risk. As a result, blacks were routinely denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums.


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