Martin Schiesl

Academic Historian

Martin Schiesl is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Los Angeles. His specialities are the history of urban America in the twentieth century and the social, political, and governmental histories of Los Angeles and California since 1900. He is the author of The Politics of Efficiency: Municipal Administration and Reform in America, 1880-1920 (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1977), co-editor of 20th Century Los Angeles: Power, Promotion, and Social Conflict (Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1990), editor of Responsible Liberalism: Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and Reform Government in California, 1958-1967 (Los Angeles: Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles, 2003), and co-editor of City of Promise: Race and Historical Change in Los Angeles (Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 2006). He is also the author of “Residential Opportunity for All Californians: Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and the Struggle for Fair Housing Legislation, 1959-1963,” Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Historical Essay, August, 2013, 1-6. Dr. Schiesl is currently writing a book on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in California in the years from 1940 to 1970.

Christopher L. Taylor (1923–1995)

"Image Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library" Dentist and civil rights leader Christopher L. Taylor was born in Wilson, North Carolina, to Russell Buxton Taylor and Viola Gaither on December 21, 1923. Taylor served in the United States Army in World War II. In … Read MoreChristopher L. Taylor (1923–1995)

Thomas Nathaniel Burbridge (1921–1972)

Image Courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library Medical professor and civil rights leader Thomas Nathaniel Burbridge was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 12, 1921. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, in 1941. … Read MoreThomas Nathaniel Burbridge (1921–1972)

Vaino Hassan Spencer (1920-2016)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Attorney and Judge Vaino Hassan Spencer was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 22, 1920 to Abdul and Eddie Taylor Hassan. She graduated from Los Angeles Polytechnic High School in 1938. In 1949, she received an associate of arts degree … Read MoreVaino Hassan Spencer (1920-2016)

Cornell William Brooks (1961- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain" Cornell William Brooks, currently the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1961. His family moved to Georgetown, South Carolina, just before he began junior high school. After graduating … Read MoreCornell William Brooks (1961- )

Annie Virginia Stephens Coker (1903-1986)

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Raymond L. Johnson, Sr. (1922-2011)

Attorney, civil rights activist, and medical expert Raymond L. Johnson, Sr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on July 31, 1922 to Jacob and Lelia Johnson. After graduating from high school, Johnson attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. When World War II began, he was … Read MoreRaymond L. Johnson, Sr. (1922-2011)