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From her segregated hometown to the halls of Congress, Barbara Lee has never stopped fighting for what’s right. As a teenager in San Fernando High School, when Black girls couldn’t be cheerleaders, she joined forces with the NAACP and became her high school’s first Black cheerleader. She was one of the first Black women to rise up to a senior position on Capitol Hill as chief of staff for legendary Congressman Ron Dellums and was the first African American woman elected to...

The Significance of Karen Bass’s Election as Mayor of the City of Los Angeles

Karen Bass’ election as the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles are not just concerns for people of color or political persuasions, the election is vitally important not just for all citizens of Los Angeles but the challenge that America is facing as a nation. 

During these troubling times in which our local and national communities are challenged with a resurgence of bigotry, hatred, high levels of drug addiction, crime and easy gun availability, economic distress, homelessness, mental health, and wellness needs. A very dangerous political party that condones racism, domestic terrorists, alt-right white supremist philosophy that is reflective of an unstable cult. Karen Bass is and represents a class of public servants committed to securing a better life for all citizens.

Karen Bass has successful experience in and understands the legislative process at the state and national level. She knows the process of how these systems can be managed to deliver resources to improve the quality of life for our communities. She mirrored the career of Barak Obama as a community activist prior to serving as a California Assembly Member and Speaker of the Assembly during a national financial crisis (2008-2010). In 2010 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she served for over 12 years. 

During her service in the U.S. House of Representatives Karen expanded her experience to include service on key committees such as Child Welfare Reform, Criminal Justice, Environment, Gun Law, Health Care, Housing, Immigration, Affirmative Action, and other key committees.

Karen brings what is so needed to the table to move Los Angeles forward. However, we all have a part to play in bringing the best of Los Angeles to reality. “I’ve spent my entire life bringing groups of people together in coalitions to solve complex problems and produce concrete change, especially in times of crisis,” Bass said last year when she announced her mayoral campaign, as reported by NBC News. “With my whole heart, I’m ready.” Let’s join Karen in moving Los Angeles forward by working with our leaders and local community groups to both address the needs of the community and help carry out the programs that will help reach their goals. If we support the progressive platform upon which Karen and her team can govern a positive outcome for Los Angeles is assured.

Karen Bass is up to the challenge to build a greater city that will also reflect a greater nation for equality of life.

By: Earl "Skip" Cooper II

At the present time, Earl “Skip” Cooper, II is Chairman/President Emeritus of the Black Business Association.

 And currently  the Chairmanship of the Earl Skip Cooper Foundation (ESCF) which falls under the umbrella of “Serving Humanity.”


California's First African American Legislator

Frederick Madison Roberts, was born September 14, 1879 in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was a newspaper owner, editor, educator and business owner, and California’s first known African American state legislator. A member of the Republican Party representing Los Angeles, he was the great grandson of Sally Hemmings and is believed to be the great grandson of President Thomas Jefferson. Roberts sponsored California’s early civil rights legislation and authored a bill to establish UCLA. He served 16-years in the California State Assembly from 1918 to 1934. He died in 1952, at the age of 72.

Past Members | Legislative Black Caucus
1918-1934 | California State Assembly
Hon. Frederick M. Roberts 

A Town Hall Discussion on Voting

Oct 13, 2020

Lorna M. Johnson

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