Title: Civil Rights Congress, Los Angeles,
Date (inclusive): Late 1940's -1950's
Collection number: MSS 016
Civil Rights Congress, Los Angeles
Extent: 23 boxes
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[Identification of item], Civil Rights Congress, Los Angeles, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research,
The Civil Rights Congress, Los Angeles Chapter (CRCLA) was organized in 1946 as an outgrowth of the merging of the local National
Negro Congress and the Los Angeles Mobilization for Democracy. Its program was the defense of the rights of labor, Left political
activists, and Black, Mexican-American and other racial minorities. There were eight functioning sub-chapters and committees
in the Los Angeles area. CRCLA also had the only Lawyers' Panel of its kind in the entire country, headed by Fred Steinmetz.
Marguerite Robinson was the group's Executive Director, and Emil Freed (later founder of the Southern California Library for
Social Studies and Research) was organizational secretary. The administrative staff consisted of Shifra Myers, Celia Rodriguez,
Irma Zakon and Rose Chernin. CRCLA operated successfully for ten years until its demise in 1956. The Los Angeles CRC and the
national Civil Rights Congress are examined in Gerald Horne's book,
Communist Front? The Civil Rights Congress, 1946-1956 (Associated University Presses, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1988).