Feb. 15, 2018: LA SENTINEL - Mayor Garcetti and FAME Kickoff Black History Month in Los Angeles

February 15, 2018

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By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr., Executive Editor 

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, First AME Church hosted the 2018 city of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Worship Service to kick off Black History Month in the city of Los Angeles.  Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the day’s event paying tribute to those Black leaders who laid the ground work for not only First AME Church but all of Los Angeles.  “It is such a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Mayor Tom Bradley, who paved the way for so many historic moments that we enjoy today here in Los Angeles,” stated Mayor Garcetti.

The church was filled with the who’s who of African American political leadership and included those currently seeking office in and around Los Angeles and the state of California.  Pastor J. Edgar Boyd and First Lady Florence Boyd welcomed and paid special tribute to the members of the California Legislative Black Caucus.  Members in attendance included the Southern California contingent of state representatives including State Senator Holly Mitchell, State Senator Steve Bradford, Assemblymember Chris Holden (Caucus Chairman), Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (former Caucus Chair), Assemblymember Mike Gipson and Northern California Representative Tony Thurmond.

Photo caption: Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (r to l) Assemblymember Mike Gipson, State Senator Steve Bradford, State Senator Holly Mitchell, Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, Caucus Chairman Chris Holden, Former Caucus Chair Reginald Byron Jones- Sawyer and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond were presented a special award by the members of FAME to kickoff Black History Month. (Clayton Everett/FAME Church)