Nowhere was the elation over Barack Obama’s victory greater than in the black communities of South Los Angeles. Not only was an African-American elected president, but the whole campaign has re-energized the political hopes of black politicians. But Obama’s election may have been foreshadowed 35 years ago right here, when Tom Bradley became the first black mayor of a major American city.
Footage was provided courtesy of THE NEW LOS ANGELES. THE NEW LOS ANGELES was produced by Lyn Goldfarb, who is currently in production on a new documentary about Tom Bradley.
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