Meryvn Dymally, Trailblazing Black Politician, Dies at 86

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Mervyn Dymally was born in Trinidad in the West Indies, and went on to come one of California's most enduring politicians.  In 1962, he became the first foreign-born black person elected to the State Assembly. He served in the State Senate and became Lieutenant Governor, the first black to serve in a statewide elected office. From there, he went on to Congress, and then — at age 76 — went back to the Assembly again, finally losing a State Senate election at the age of 82.  Dymally died yesterday at the age of 86.

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Raphael Sonenshein - California State University, Los Angeles - @SonensheinPBI, Earl Ofari Hutchinson - journalist and civil rights activist - @earlhutchinson

Host:
Warren Olney

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Christian Bordal, Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper