Later this week, Washington’s elite will gather to pay tribute to a man affectionately known as “The Godfather of African-American Politics.”
Mervyn Dymally passed away in October at the age of 86. Although his name isn’t well known outside of political circles, Dymally represented California’s 31st District in the House of Representatives for well over a decade and served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for one term. As chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Operations, Dymally became a leading advocate for human rights and economic development, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
He was born in Trinidad. He was an outspoken critic of apartheid in South Africa and pushed for sanctions against the minority-white government. Dymally told “The Los Angeles Times” in 1988, “I have an obligation as a third-world person. I make no excuses.
I do have a very keen interest in the Third World. We do not live in just 50 states.”
His contributions have been great, and he deserves this time to rest.