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Finding Aid for the Morris Kight Papers, 1975-1993
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Morris Kight was an early advocate of integration and began his career as an underground gay liberationistin 1967. He was a spokesperson in the Gay Liberation Front of Los Angeles, helped found the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade Committee, was a co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and a member of the California State Democratic Central Committee. The collection contains correspondence, videotapes, directories, guides, catalogues, publications, and printed material chronicling Kight's activities related to gay liberation and support of the Los Angeles gay community.
Born in Texas, Kight was an early advocate of integration; involved with Southern Christian Leadership Conference; graduated, U.S. Career Service Training School, 1942; arrived in Los Angeles, 1957, beginning career as underground gay liberationist; in 1967 member of Dow Action Committee, opposing defoliants; spokesperson in the Gay Liberation Front of Los Angeles; helped found Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade Committee; co-founder Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center; member of California State Democratic Central Committee; later member of Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and advocate for seniors; recipient, ACLU Eason Monroe Award, 1982.
380 boxes (185 linear ft.)
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