Category Archives: African Americans

Video: David Blight on ‘Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom’

I’m late to the party on this book, but I was pleased to run across a Q and A with historian David Blight of Yale on his new biography, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” The session, with Princeton professor Eddie … Continue reading

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Dec. 27, 1907: Oklahoma Lynching — A Grim Record for New State

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 27, 1907 Henryetta, Okla., by the Associated Press A little more than a month after Oklahoma achieved statehood, James Garden became a wretched statistic: the first black to be lynched there. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Dec. 25, 1947: “Call It Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker is on the hit parade. On the jump, “Railroad Porter Blues” by Eddie Vinson and “Money’s Getting Cheaper” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide: ‘Making Black Los Angeles’

I only recommend books that I have read, which is why I haven’t listed Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” or Stephen Gee’s “Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon.” I look forward to reading both of them, but I’m not … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Dec. 4, 1947: The jukebox hits of the week, from the Los Angeles Sentinel.

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Nov. 27, 1947: This week, we have two holiday songs: “Merry Christmas, Baby,” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, and “How I Hate to See Xmas Come Around,” by Jimmy Witherspoon.

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Nov. 20, 1947: Contralto Carol Brice to Perform in L.A.

  “On Ma Journey,” performed by Carol Brice, accompanied by her brother Jonathan. Nov. 20, 1947: Carol Brice will perform at Philharmonic Auditorium. Here are a few of her recordings.

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Nov. 21, 1907: Mother, 17, Throws Baby From Train to Hide ‘Shame’ From Family

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 21, 1907 Los Angeles The woman who threw her baby from an inbound train was arrested at her mother’s home at 12th Street and San Pedro after the girl’s nurse contacted … Continue reading

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Nov. 19, 1907: Crime Wave Sweeps L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 19, 1907 Los Angeles An influx of crooks, petty hoodlums and vagrants drawn by good weather and horse racing at Santa Anita are blamed for a siege of crime throughout the … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Little Miss Cornshucks; St. Paul Baptist Church Plans a New Building

Nov. 13, 1947: Little Miss Cornshucks is at the Last Word, 4206 Central Ave. The Last Word opened in July 1947 and seems to have closed in 1951. Or at least it was no longer advertising in the Sentinel. On … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: The Week’s Juke Box Hits

“Since I fell for You” by Annie Laurie leads the Sentinel’s Juke Box Hits.

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Black L.A. 1947: Sentinel Offers $100 for Proof That LAPD has Black Motorcycle Officer

Nov. 6, 1947: LAPD motorcycle officers received a pay differential, so these were desirable jobs. The photograph is fairly dim, but this looks like a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson Servi-Car.

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Nov. 6, 1947: LAPD Officer Kills Black Suspect in Market Burglary

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.. The Times did absolutely no follow-up to this incident as to whether Everline was tried in the burglary, nor was there any apparent investigation of the … Continue reading

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Nov. 3, 1947: University of Wisconsin Groups Back Women Facing Eviction for Dating Blacks

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Black L.A. 1947: Great-Grandmother Wins ‘Sepia Cinderella’ Contest

  Oct. 30, 1947: Annie Rhone, a 60-year-old great-grandmother, was chosen as the Sentinel’s “Sepia Cinderella” in a contest judged by Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and held at West Coast premiere of the film. “Sepia Cinderella” was directed by Arthur H. … Continue reading

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Oct. 18, 1907: Newspaper Cartoonist Ted Gale Makes His Point

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 18, 1907 Los Angeles For the last month, the pages of The Times have been peppered with pen-and-ink cartoons signed Gale—in fact some of them have already appeared in the blog, … Continue reading

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Oct. 17, 1907: All-White USC Football Team Starts Race Riot Over Tackle by Black Player From Whittier

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 17, 1907 Los Angeles Mr. Woolin, left tackle of the USC team, took great exception to be tackled by one of the black players on the Whittier State team (one of … Continue reading

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Black L.A., 1947: Sentinel Reports on City’s Segregated Fire Department

Engine Co. 30 in 1947, top, and via Google Street View. Oct. 9, 1947: The Sentinel reports on segregation in the Los Angeles Fire Department. Sentinel Publisher Leon H. Washington Jr. said that because of segregation, “there are a number … Continue reading

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Oct. 5, 1907: White Neighbors Fight Hilliard Stricklin’s Retirement Home for Blacks

Note: Here’s an entry I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. I thought newer readers might enjoy it. Oct. 5, 1907 Los Angeles Hilliard Stricklin is a man with an urgent desire to do something for his fellow African Americans. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Juke Box Hits

Sept. 25, 1947: The Sentinel’s juke box hits of the week. On the jump:  “Thrill Me” by Roy Milton and “Money Hustlin’ Woman” by Amos Milburn.

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