California Legislative Black Caucus Hosts “State of Black California” at UCLA

February 12, 2020

Tanu Henry | California Black Media


On Saturday, Feb. 8, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) in partnership with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA hosted a daylong series of panel discussions titled the “State of Black California” in Los Angeles.


African-American members of the California State Assembly and Senate served as moderators of the discussions that covered education, public safety, civic engagement, economic empowerment, political organizing and the upcoming 2020 census.


“We need your support. For us to be successful and do the all the things we do in the state legislature, we need you to back us,” Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), who is Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, told the audience.


About 200 people attended the event held at the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center on the campus of UCLA.


Weber thanked the audience for attending the “State of Black California” and encouraged African Americans to get engaged in politics at the close of the conference themed, “Building a Bench.”


The CLBC invited panelists from different walks of life in California to talk about the work they are involved in and how their efforts help to improve the lives of African Americans across the state.

“I long for the day when Black people have the luxury to not engage. Black people need government as our employer, as the educator of our children, as our health care provider, as our houser, as our CalWORKS provider, as our SNAP provider,” said Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), speaking at the conference. Mitchell represents the 54th Assembly District which includes Culver City, Exposition Park, Ladera Heights and parts of Crenshaw, downtown and Florence.

“We still rely on government, good, bad or different,” Mitchell pointed out.


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