CA NAACP Hosts Tribute to “The Godfather of African American Politics”

Mervyn_Malcolm_DymallySACRAMENTO – They’ll gather together in his name.

The California NAACP hosts a tribute to Mervyn Dymally, the “Godfather of African American politics” in California on Monday, February 4.

Dymally, who died on October 7, had a career of firsts. He took office in 1963 as one of the state’s first Black members of the California Assembly. He went on to become the first Black State Senator and was California’s first Black Lieutenant Governor and acted as such from 1975-1979. He was the first Black person in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving the 31st Congressional District from 1981-1993. Dymally returned to the state assembly in 2002 and served until 2008.

Mervyn Dymally: A Celebration recognizes the “extraordinary life” of this pioneer. Activities include a forum, moderated by Dymally’s friend, former Assembly Speaker and former San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown. The forum is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Secretary of State’s Auditorium, 1500 11th Street, Room 460. The event is free to the public.

An exhibit featuring Dymally will be on display at 4:00 p.m. at the California Museum, 1020 O Street. The exhibit is also free and open to
the public.

The evening concludes with the Inaugural California NAACP Legacy Awards Dinner. The dinner, also being held at the museum, features special guest, the Rev. Al Sharpton. For ticket information, contact Dan Weitzman at (916) 444-1186.

Events are sponsored by the California-Hawaii NAACP and Willie L. Brown, Jr, in conjunction with Gov. Jerry Brown, The California Black
Legislative Caucus, The California Black Chamber of Commerce, the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) and Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).
By Genoa Barrow
OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer