Loren Miller, seated beside a man speaking at a microphone, with a crowd of people behind them, at the opening of the English Square office complex at 85th and Broadway. The owner of English Square was attorney Herman English.
A. C. Bilbrew was the director of the first black choir featured in a film, 1928's Hearts of Dixie, which also happened to be the first black "talkie." She was also a pioneer in radio, becoming the first African American soloist on the radio in 1923, and later, the first African American to have and host a show in 1942. She was a cast member of the movie The Foxes of Harrow in 1947. Bilbrew was a champion of women's rights and childhood literacy; she was a community leader, musician, poet, and deputy to Kenneth Hahn (County Supervisor) A Los Angeles branch library is named after her.
James Homer Garrott, was an African-American architect active in the Los Angeles area in the mid-20th century who designed more than 200 buildings. He has been described as a "pivotal black Avant garde modernist of the 1940s era. He earned his architect's license (1928), studied Architecture at the University of Southern California (1930-1934) and was the second African-American admitted to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Los Angeles (1946).
Thomas L. Griffith Jr. was a Superior Court judge who was the first black ever elected in a Los Angeles countywide vote and the first black attorney ever admitted to the Los Angeles County Bar Association. From 1934 to 1949 he headed the NAACP here and was at the forefront of the integration of municipal swimming pools.
Loran Miller (right) with his family. The older, seated woman is probably his mother Nora Magdalene Miller. The two other men may be two of his then three his brothers (Roland, Cecil and Halvor -- Halvor lived in Chicago later in his life). The younger woman may be his sister Helen Addison.
Loren Miller, seated, beside Billy Mills, speaking at a microphone, with a crowd of people behind them at the opening of the English Square office complex at 85th and Broadway. The owner of English Square was attorney Herman English.