Photograph of Celia Rodriguez, left, and Shifra Meyers helping Lester Tate sign membership papers to become the first person in 1950 to join the Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress. 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, where he was charged with the attempted robbery of a grocery store. This photograph was published in the California Eagle on Jan. 12, 1950.
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