Celebrating Progress in Los Angeles County

With more African-American executives than ever before in its history and the first woman and African American serving as district attorney, the county looks undeniably more diverse than ever before.The county now has African-American department heads in Human Resources, Public Social Services, Community and Senior Services, and Consumer Affairs, as well as the Office of the Public Defender, the Civil Service Commission, and the County Fire Department. Click here to read more about these county leaders.

On the final day of Black History Month, more than 200 Los Angeles County employees, constituents, elected officials, and leaders came together in the Hall of Administration board hearing room to celebrate. African flags, colorful altars, music and traditions served to honor the significant contributions of blacks to American history. The ceremony also commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington and the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term in office.  Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas honored District Attorney Jackie Lacey for her achievements and successes. “Forward we must move, not necessarily to the right… or the left… but forward in our push for freedom, for justice, and for equality,” he said. The ceremony came only one day after the US Supreme Court heard a case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, a provision requiring 16 states, including California, with a history of discriminatory voting practices to clear any changes in electoral procedures with the Department of Justice.

“We are hopeful that the court will continue protecting the voting rights of all Americans,” said Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I want to encourage everyone within the sound of my voice to join the LA County African American County Employees Association in pursuit of the on-going quest for freedom, justice, and equality.”