Tuesday, February 26, 2019

John Malveaux:100th anniversary of UCLA; BlackPast.org: Frederick M. Roberts

Frederick Madison Roberts

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Celebrate 100th anniversary of UCLA and remember Frederick Madison Roberts.

Frederick M. Roberts

Contributed by Robert Fikes

Running in 1918 as a Republican to represent California’s 62nd Assembly District, he defeated a candidate who handed out cards reading “My opponent is a nigger,” and thus became the first black in the state and on the West Coast to ascend to such high political office.  During Roberts’s 16 years in the State Assembly he sponsored legislation to establish the University of California at Los Angeles, expand the use of school textbooks, and he proposed civil rights and anti-lynching measures. 

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