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Magic Johnson Rallies Black Leadership for Wendy Greuel
By Kenneth Miller, Assistant Managing Editor
Published March 28, 2013


Controller Wendy Greuel stands endorsed by a number of African American leaders, officials and notables including Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, actress Anne Marie Johnson, Attorney Areva Martin and many more.


photo by Robert Torrence

Sports icon stands unified with clergy, business and community

Insisting that the Black community helped James Hahn and Antonio Villraigosa become mayor, sports icon and Dodgers owner, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, embraced

Controller Wendy Greuel as he stood amid a bevy of powerful African American leaders at West Angeles Church on Crenshaw today, and then emphatically said,

”And we are going to elect Wendy Greuel as Mayor of Los Angeles.”

A thunderous roar of applause from some 100 of the most influential citizens in the Black community then erupted as they held ‘Wendy’ placards above their heads at an endorsement rally that demonstrated the strength of Black leadership not seen since the 2008 Presidential election.


“When you can put together a group of people like this to support one candidate, then you know this whole community supports this candidate,” said Johnson. “We speak for a lot of these people who live here, all of these people standing here.”

Johnson continued, “We love this woman because she loves us. We love this woman because she’s been in our community for many-many years and the fact that she is going to get the job done.”

Johnson told Greuel that he is in her camp 100 percent and is willing to go door to door to make sure that she becomes the first woman mayor in history of Los Angeles.

The former Lakers’ great and global businessman represents the present and future of Black political influence, and was joined at the podium by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, John L. Mack of the Los Angeles Police Commission, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeleus, Watts community activist ‘Sweet’ Alice Harris and Sentinel Publisher Danny J. Bakewell Sr.

Dozens of others such as former Congresswoman Diane Watson, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, former City Councilman Dave Cunningham and an array of others who have pledged to elect Greuel as the next mayor.

Bakewell preceeded Johnson in speaking on behalf of Greuel and extorted the crowd to shout ‘Wendy Greuel—Wendy Greuel’ before settled into a more focused theme.

“It’s not often the Sentinel comes out to support a candidate almost two months before the election, so this shows just how important this is,” said Bakewell. “You can’t judge people by what they are doing today, you have to judge them by what they have been doing and Wendy Greuel has always been in our community and advocated for our community.”

Greuel thanked her supporters and pledged to continue her strong relationship with the Black community by ensuring their voices are heard and interest addressed if she is elected mayor.


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