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|Title:||Lester Tate joins the Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress, January 1950, Los Angeles|
Photograph of Celia Rodriguez, left, and Shifra Meyers helping
Lester Tate become the first person in 1950 to join the Los Angeles Civil Rights
Congress (CRC). Rodriguez was financial secretary and Meyers was administrative
secretary of CRC, an organization founded in 1946 to defend the rights of labor,
African-Americans and other minorities. CRC successfully waged a national
campaign to prevent Tate's extradition to Virginia. In 1941, Tate and four
others were arrested and charged with the attempted robbery of a grocery store
near Norfolk, Virginia. Tate was sentenced to a chain gang, but escaped in 1943
and moved to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, he changed his name from Albert
Lindsay Gee to Lester Tate and became active in the Mine, Mill and Smelter
Workers union. In 1944, Tate was arrested in Los Angeles on a minor charge and
police learned he was wanted in Virginia on a fugitive warrant. The CRC, the
Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union and other supporters waged a campaign to
prevent Tate's extradition, maintaining he would be mistreated in Virginia's
prison system. Their efforts succeeded when California Gov. Earl Warren refused
to sign extradition papers. Tate's supporters, including more than 600 trade
union members and leaders, and progressives, celebrated their victory at a
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|Subjects:||Meyers, Shifra | Rodriguez, Celia | Tate, Lester | African Americans--Civil rights--California--Los Angeles | African Americans--Civil rights--United States | Labor movement--California--Los Angeles | Labor unions--California--Los Angeles | Robbery--Virginia--Norfolk | Escapes--Virginia--Norfolk | Chain gangs--Virginia--Norfolk | Extradition--United States | Associations, institutions, etc.--African American membership | Civil Rights Congress (U.S.) | Los Angeles (Calif.) | Los Angeles County (Calif.)|
|Collection:||Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection|
|Institution:||University of Southern California Libraries|
|Contributors:||Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research | University of Southern California. Digital Archive | Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection (University of Southern California. Digital Archive)|
|Online Publisher:||[Los Angeles, Calif.] : University of Southern California Digital Archive|
Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles
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