NAACP Remembers Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP mourns the passing of Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally, who passed away on October 7. He was 86 years old.

“For nearly six decades, Congressman Dymally passionately worked to ensure the advancement of civil and human rights for all mankind, winning the hearts of Californians, becoming a champion of the Caribbean nations; and earning accolades from across our nation,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.

“Congressman Dymally will always be remembered for his courage and leadership in advocating for policy for all Americans,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy. “He was a mentor, a friend, and an inspiration to many of us working to advocate the cause of justice for all Americans. His legacy will live on and his name will continue to inspire and be honored by those who will carry on the good work he began.”

“He will be remembered as a man of fortitude, with the pioneering spirit to challenge and remove barriers to equal opportunity, including those which would have prohibited his becoming the first and only African American lieutenant governor of California,” stated California NAACP State Conference President Alice Huffman. “Indeed, he was a true American hero.”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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