Gov. Jerry Brown is among the dignitaries who will attend the funeral of Mervyn Dymally at 12:30 p.m. today. (Click here for more details on Dymally’s life and legacy). THe funeral will be preceeded by a viewing at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City between 9 a.m. and noon.
On Wednesday morning, Gov. Brown issued the following proclamation honoring the 86-year-old California leader:
Today we celebrate the life of a great Californian leader, Mervyn Dymally. His career as educator, State Assemblyman, State Senator, Lieutenant Governor and Member of Congress spanned the terms of six California governors, including my father and Ronald Reagan.
For more than four decades of public service, Mervyn Dymally worked to improve the lives of Californians, particularly those burdened by racial, gender or ethnic discrimination. He championed the cause of civil rights, and broke new ground as our state’s first African-American state senator and as one of the first African-Americans to be elected to statewide office since the Reconstruction era. He was an outstanding mentor, organizer and leader in his community. I had the privilege of working with him during my first term as Governor.
Mervyn Dymally came from humble origins and achieved great things, opening doors of opportunity not just for himself, but for Californians of every background. For this reason, it is fitting and proper that we dedicate this day to honoring his memory and the generous life of service that he exemplifies.
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