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LA Dreamers: Our African – American Pioneers — Mervyn Dymally

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — We’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Southern California’s African-American Pioneers.

Cal State L.A. graduate Mervyn Dymally is the first black person elected to the California Legislature, the first elected to the California Senate and the first elected Lieutenant Governor of California.

The Trinidad born pioneer was an advocate for human rights, serving on the Subcommittee on Africa.

The former school teacher was the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

This L.A. Dreamer paved the way for minority politicians across the state and across the country.

To find out more about Mervyn Dymally and other L.A. Dreamers, the Los Angeles Urban League has a special free exhibit called “The 90 That Built L.A.”

For more information, go to http://www.laul.org.