Founded in 1939 by Dorothy Vena Johnson, a poet and creative writing teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Juanita Miller, a social worker for the County of Los Angeles and wife of distinguished civil rights attorney Loren Miller. The League was established to support and promote the arts in Los Angeles. Langston Hughes was one of the League’s first beneficiaries.
When the young Harlem Renaissance poet and playwright came to Los Angeles to visit friends, he wanted to present a play. However, due to racism, no theater would allow Hughes to present his work.
The industrious and civic-minded Juanita Miller and Dorothy Vena Johnson thereby pooled their resources together to help support Langston Hughes successfully present his play, Don’t You Want to Be Free?
The members of The League of Allied Arts have pledged themselves to carry forward the work started by a group of farsighted women who knew the value of cultural fulfillment, both to the individual and to the community.
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at The League Of Allied Arts. We truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our Non-Profit Organization and help to strengthen our operations.