From left are Dr. Hank Hendrix, Dr. Mike Davis, Johnny Mae Greene, Eunice Carr, Drexel Johnson, Olivia Verrett, Rev. Waymond Baker, Councilwoman Heather Hutt, Roy Brown, Pastor Bridgette, Tanica Ward, Vachan Summerise, and Dr. “Sweet Alice” Harris. (Cora J. Fossett/L.A. Sentinel)

The Black American Political Association of California, an influential organization with chapters throughout the state, certified the officers of the L.A. chapter during a recent program in South Los Angeles.

The afternoon event featured Dr. Hank Hendrix, state president, who shared valuable history about the organization and conducted the certification ceremony.  L.A. Councilwoman Heather Hutt attended as well and commended BAPAC for its efforts to improve the quality of life for African Americans.

Hendrix also appointed the Rev. Waymond Baker as chapter president, Pastor Bridgette as 1st vice president, Roy Brown as 2nd vice president, Olivia Verrett as executive director, and Dr. Mike Davis as regional director. Several other members were assigned as committee chairs.

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BAPAC was founded in 1978 by Willie Brown, Tom Bradley and Mervyn Dymally to identify and develop political resources to achieve educational and economic equity for Blacks in California.  Percy Pickney, a top aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also played a critical role in garnering resources for BAPAC. The organization has grown to encompass 55 chapters and more than 60,00 members.

Expressing optimism in his role as leader of the L.A. Chapter, Baker said, “Our mission is to spread peace in every neighborhood to the best of our ability, to bring communities together and to uplift people. We want to bring ‘neighbor’ back to the ‘hood’ and we invite everyone to join us in fulfilling this mission.”

BAPAC – L.A. Chapter meets every third Saturday of the month at 2 p.m., at New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 9537 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. The meetings are open to the public.