Who is Mervyn M. Dymally and why is he called the Bridgebuilder of Los Angeles?
Emigrating from Trinidad at the age of nineteen, Mervyn M. Dymally (1926 -2012), became the first Black Lt. Governor of California (1975-1979) after serving in both the California State Assembly (1963-1966, 2002-2008), State Senate (1967-1975). He later served for twelve years as a U.S. House of Representatives (1981-1993). As an educator and alumni of Cal State L A, Dymally’s work on coalition building and challenging racial barriers advanced equality and human rights for those who have been “othered” in marginalized spaces. As an educator, Dymally supported bilingual education, the inclusion of African and Black Americans in history textbooks, and equity for women in higher education.
This exhibition features public educator, California State University, Los Angeles alumni, and politician Mervyn M. Dymally (1926 -2012), a Trinidadian immigrant who became the first Black Lt. Governor of California. Dymally emigrated from Trinidad as a result of the British vestiges of colonialism and imperialism in the Caribbean and abroad, which resulted in his anti-imperialist activism regarding US foreign policy and international relations. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, state violence, and the build-up of prisons in California, this exhibit highlights Dymally’s deep commitment to human rights and advocacy for those who have been “Othered”, in history. 
Students will beginning viewing the virtual exhibition (opening night video, and online exhibition) in preparation for a summary assignment that is due at the end of the semester. I have scaffold this final course assignment so that students can spend some time exploring all the aspects of this virtual exhibition.
This is part #1 and is intended to serve as a low-stakes assignment to foster inquiry into the narrative and works of Mervyn M. Dymally.
Media for Assignment
Here is the link to the virtual exhibit: Mervyn M. Dymally: Bridgebuilder of Los Angeles
Here is a link to the opening night of the virtual exhibition with a key-note speech by Congresswomen Judy Chu. Opening Night: Virtual Exhibition
Links to media;
https://calstatela-exhibits.libraryhost.com/exhibits/show/mervyn-m–dymally-bridgebuilde

Reading Assignment Tasks
Reading Assignment 1: Read the first page (introduction page) of the exhibition. (L-C)
Reading Assignment 2: Section A Life in Public Service (L-C)
Reading Assignment 3: Section Processing and Interpreting the Mervyn M. Dymally Papers(L-C)
Reading Assignment 4: Select one (1) of the exhibit sections to read. (L-C)
Concepts/Terms you will Encounter
Term 1: Trinidad
Term 2: Colonialism and Imperialism
Term 3: Archival silences
Term 4: State violence
Term 5: Educational inequity
Term 6: Mass incarceration
Term 7: Human rights
Term 8: Foreign Policy
Term 9: Inequity in Healthcare
Term 10: Chicano Blowouts
Term 11: Community Building/Coalition Building
Term(s) 12: Legacy (of his work)
Questions to Keep in Mind as you Read/Watch
Guiding question 1: What is the overall point of this virtual exhibition?
Guiding question 2: Who is Mervyn M. Dymally and why is he called the Bridgebuilder of Los Angeles?
Guiding question 3: What topics/issues did Mervyn M. Dymally focus on in California?
Guiding question 4: After watching the video of the opening night of the exhibition, what was a topic or issue that was most impactful to you?