RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 43372988 LA English T1 Oral history interview with Mervyn M. Dymally ... A1 Dymally, Mervyn M.,, Carr, Elston L.,, University of California, Los Angeles., Oral History Program., State Government Oral History Program (Calif.), YR 1997 AB Dymally discusses his family background and education, decision to move to Calif., lack of opportunities for blacks to become politically active, and joining the American Federation of Teachers. He continues with gaining support in the 1962 campaign for the 53rd Assembly District, impact of the Watts riots, running for the 29th Senate District seat in 1966, legislation to teach black history in public schools, Early Childhood Education Act, the California Fair Plan, prison reform, 1965 reapportionment. He continues with events leading to his decision to run for Lt. Governor in 1974, endorsing Jerry Brown for President in 1976, decision to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after his loss for a 2nd term as Lt. Governor in 1978, issues he became involved in during his tenure in the House, and the decision to leave Congress in 1992 after 12 years of service.