King and Dymally honored
More than 500 people, including from left, Assembly members Sandre Swanson, Holly Mitchell, Wilmer Amina Carter, (former Assembly member) Mervyn M. Dymally, Sen. Curren Price, Steven Bradford, attended the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Civil Rights Leadership Awards Breakfast in Sacramento where the caucus honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bestowed on Dymally, a former congressman, lieutenant governor, state senator, the Living Legend award. Bishop Albert Galbraith, pastor of the North Highlands Community Church of God in Christ, delivered the keynote address. Price, chair of the caucus, urged the crowd to continue King’s quest for economic justice. “We are joining President Pro Tem Steinberg in asking the governor to hold off on his proposed budget cuts that will hurt schools, the sick and the working poor until the budget initiative is voted on,” Price said. “We have got to preserve the safety net.”
Fifty-nine women were tested for HIV at the screening during the KJLH Women’s Health Forum at the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, April 27. Men who attended were examined in the “Man Cave.”
“… it was amazing to see the sheer number of attendees and individuals waiting in line for the various screenings from kidney to blood pressure, diabetes and HIV/AIDS,” said Angela Minniefield, vice president of strategic advancement at Charles R. Drew University.
Six African Americans were among the State Assembly members sworn in recently during a ceremony in the state capital. Returning legislators include, top from left, Steven Bradford and Holly Mitchell.
The third time is the charm for Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who Tuesday was elected to represent the 59th Assembly District.
After dropping out of the Los Angeles City Council 10th District race in 2002 and barely losing out to Holly Mitchell in the contest for the 47th Assembly District in 2010, Jones-Sawyer will now join Mitchell in Sacramento. She was re-elected to the Assembly by defeating Keith Mc Cowen 83.4 to 16.6 percent.
Memorial services for former California Lt. Gov. Mervyn M. Dymally will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 West Slauson Ave., in Culver City. The service will be preceded by a viewing from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at that location.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Mervyn M. Dymally Memorial Fund, which has been established to honor his life, career, and legacy at https://www.wepay.com/donations/dymallymemorialfund.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, low voter turn out and a new primary system in place, the semi-official results from Tuesday’s election will find a number of contenders facing one another again in a much pared down race in November.
For example, in the Los Angeles County District attorney’s race Jackie Lacey, should she beat opponent Alan Jackson, is poised to become the first woman and African American to head the office since it was established in 1850.