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Dawn of a new day

May 13, 2008 - Assembly Member Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is sworn in as the 67th Speaker of the California Assembly at the state Capitol in Sacramento. Assembly Speaker Bass is the first African American woman in the nation's history to lead a legislative house.

Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mary Lee brought Karen into my life. Karen is an incredible woman! When the call came for me to join her in Sacramento, I knew that it would be a special day. It's hard to put into words how amazing the historic event was to experience first hand. I am humbled by the opportunity and truly hope that I captured the essence of this important moment.  Congratulations friend!



Los Angeles Ceremony - June 6, 2008






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