This year, Rita Walters passed away while in hospice care from Alzheimer’s disease. The 89-year-old paved an impressive road of firsts and civil rights activity with her life. After teaching for a while, Walters would eventually run for a seat on the school board, but didn’t win until the third time. While on the school board, she fought for the busing program and placing Black students in schools in unintegrated areas. Walters, served on the LAUSD board for more than a decade before being elected to the City Council. She went on to be the first Black woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council filling the 9th District seat left vacant by the 1990 death of Councilman Gilbert Lindsay. On the city council, she raised her voice against police brutality, fought for economic empowerment and making sure her district was being served. She also chaired the Arts, Health and Humanities Committee, which reviewed matters related to the Library Department for the City Council.