Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with students at Tom Bradley Elementary
School after his speech for their Martin Luther King celebration.
Students celebrate the lives of King and Bradley
Students at Tom Bradley Elementary School were given a nice break from class for a celebration to honor Martin Luther King and former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Capri Capital Corporation, a black owned company that owns the Baldwin Hills Plaza, presented the school with flags with King’s image on it.
A special surprise for the children was an appearance by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who gave an inspiring speech to the excited students.
“Tom Bradley was the first African American to be elected of any big city in the United States of America,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “He was the longest serving Mayor in the history of Los Angeles. I am the first Latino elected Mayor of Los Angeles. I always tell people that I’m here on the shoulders of Tom Bradley.”
The Mayor pointed out that out of the 44 Mexican settlers that founded Los Angeles, 26 of them were of African decent.
“We were always diverse,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “When Tom Bradley was elected as the Mayor, he had support from all over the city. Black, white, Latino, and Asian. When I was elected, I had the same thing. I learned from Tom Bradley that if you want to be the Mayor, you have to be the Mayor of all the people.”
Mayor Villaraigosa acknowledged other civil rights leaders as the reason why he is in his position, and why President Barack Obama was able to make it all the way to the White House.
“If President Obama was here, he would tell you that he was elected the first President of African American decent in our history, because there was a Tom Bradley, there was a Martin Luther King, there was a Rosa Parks, there as a Cesar Chaves, that fought to open up our country to all of us.”
A replica of the flag flies daily at the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, and flags will be donated to various Los Angeles schools, and other schools around the nation.