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Black L.A. 1947: NAACP to Sue Inglewood for Barring Blacks From Swimming Pool

The 1938 exploitation film “The Wages of Sin” is being shown at the Flo-Mills Theater. July 17, 1947: The NAACP charges that the city of Inglewood bars African Americans from the pool at Centinela Park. At an employee picnic sponsored … Continue reading

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Budweiser boycott

  Nov. 7, 1957 Los Angeles Here’s a story that white Los Angeles will never see: An NAACP boycott against Anheuser-Busch because it refused to hire African American truck drivers, plant workers and office staff.    According to the California … Continue reading

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Countdown to Watts

The California Eagle, Aug. 22, 1957. The Times never reported the NAACP’s lawsuit against the Police Department. Apparently the Los Angeles police chief giving sworn testimony about the department wasn’t considered news.

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Countdown to Watts

  Aug. 1-7, 1957 Los Angeles A search through The Times for early August reveals several stories about Chief William H. Parker being honored for 30 years service with the Los Angeles Police Department. In a luncheon at the Biltmore … Continue reading

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Voices–Lew Irwin

Longtime broadcaster Lew Irwin operates Studio Briefing, an Internet-based daily digest of entertainment industry news. This is his story about reporting on the NAACP brutality lawsuits against the Police Department. I was working for KPOL… I was the news director … Continue reading

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Countdown to Watts

  July 25, 1957 Los Angeles To The Times, a class-action suit accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of brutality simply wasn’t newsworthy. The Mirror did a bit better: a few paragraphs on Page 12. And these were juicy stories: … Continue reading

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A question of leadership

  July 18-Aug. 1, 1957Los Angeles In the summer of 1957, eight years before the Watts riots, the Los Angeles Sentinel, a weekly newspaper serving the black community, published a three-part series by Stanley Robertson titled: "Does Los Angeles Have … Continue reading

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What happened on Dunsmuir

These appear to be four rather ordinary West Adams district homes from the late 1920s and early ’30s and in many ways they are. Photographs by Larry Harnisch Los Angeles Times This is 2435 S. Dunsmuir Ave. This is 2308 … Continue reading

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Countdown to Watts

May 27, 1957 Los Angeles In eight years, the city will explode in the Watts riots of August 1965 and white Los Angeles will ask itself what happened.  Look, for instance, at how the Mirror portrays integration at UCLA, which … Continue reading

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