Some of Los Angeles’ most prominent Black political leaders gathered at the Los Angeles Sentinel office on Friday for “A Conversation on Advancing Black America,” featuring Congress member and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen

Former Rep. Diane Watson and State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) spoke to a full room along with LA. City Council president Herb Wesson, Councilman Curren Price, Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Calif. State Senator, Holly Mitchell, former Congresswoman, Diane Watson, Bakewell Company CEO Danny Bakewell Sr. and host of several other Black elected officials and community leaders.

The topic of discussion for the evening — advancing Black America during a pivotal moment in Congress where Rep. Karen Bass, who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, says that “African American members of Congress have tremendous influence in setting the direction of the country.”

“The CBC in the 116th Congress will play a role both inside and outside of Congress protecting the most basic right to vote and participate in our democracy and advancing Black America,” says Rep. Bass.

Moving forward, Rep. Bass says, “when this time period is over we must make sure we not only prevented any movement backwards, but we strengthened and consolidated our gains. We moved the needle forward and expanded participation in the democratic process in an effort to ensure hateful leadership never assumes power again.”