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Finding Aid for the Morris Kight Papers, 1975-1993
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
380 boxes (185 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.