Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Premiered February 2016

Learn how Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, the first black mayor elected in a major U.S. city with a white majority, united a divided city through a unique multi-racial coalition, ushered in police reform and transformed American politics.

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Video thumbnail: Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race Bradley’s Dramatic Battle for Los Angeles City Hall, 1969

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Bradley’s Dramatic Battle for Los Angeles City Hall, 1969

The 1969 election for mayor of L.A. - one of the meanest campaigns in American history.

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Bradley’s Dramatic Battle for Los Angeles City Hall, 1969

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Video thumbnail: Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race Bradley’s LA Becomes Polarized and Erupts into Civil Unrest

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Bradley’s LA Becomes Polarized and Erupts into Civil Unrest

Bradley’s LA becomes polarized, communities clash, and the city erupts into civil unrest.

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Bradley’s LA Becomes Polarized and Erupts into Civil Unrest

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Video thumbnail: Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race Historic Election of 1st Black Mayor of Majority White City

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Historic Election of 1st Black Mayor of Majority White City

In 1973, Tom Bradley becomes the first black mayor elected in a majority white U.S. city.

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Historic Election of 1st Black Mayor of Majority White City

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Video thumbnail: Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race Mayor Bradley Brings Reform and Inclusion to Los Angeles

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Mayor Bradley Brings Reform and Inclusion to Los Angeles

Mayor Bradley brought inclusion, access, and reform to city government and Los Angeles.

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Mayor Bradley Brings Reform and Inclusion to Los Angeles

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In 1973, Tom Bradley becomes the first black mayor elected in a majority white U.S. city.

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