Lester Tate joins the Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress, January 1950, Los Angeles

Lester Tate joins the Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress, January 1950, Los Angeles

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Title:Lester Tate joins the Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress, January 1950, Los Angeles
Date:1950 Jan.
Description:

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

banquet dinner.

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Types:Black-and-white photographs
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.)
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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
Original Material:

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles

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Forms part of online collection: Charlotta Bass / California Eagle collection.

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