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New documentary on LA's first African American mayor Tom Bradley

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A1973 photo of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley campaigning. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tom Bradley was an iconic Angeleno.

The son of sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley became an ambitious student, exceptional UCLA track star, respected LAPD officer, and ultimately a five term mayor of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1993.

Now filmmakers Lyn Goldfarb and Alison Sotomayor bring us the first documentary on Bradley - connecting with more than 100 people who knew him, including family and friends, staffers, and critics.

"Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" will air on PBS SoCal (KOCE) this Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. and tonight at Laemmle Town Center in Encino with a filmmaker Q&A.

What are your memories of Bradley?

Guests:

Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA; Academic advisor for "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race"

Robert C. Farrell, a Freedom Rider in the 1960s who became an LA City Councilmember (1974-1991); Currently a member of the steering committee of the Black Community Clergy and Labor Alliance

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