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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Releases Statement Upon the Passing of Friend and Mentor John Mack

June 22, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement upon the passing of her dear friend and mentor, John Mack.

“There was perhaps no bigger leader in the fight for civil rights in Los Angeles than John.

“John was a calming and unifying leader when our city needed it most. In his role as President of the Los Angeles Urban League and throughout his service to our city, John played an integral role in leading the movement for improving police community relations, creating fair employment opportunities, and establishing equal access to education.

“John was also a mentor. He provided me counsel since before the founding of Community Coalition, his guidance never wavering and always true. I will always be grateful for his advice throughout my time in both Sacramento and Washington. But it wasn’t just me that John helped, his mentorship transcended generations of leaders and activists in our city. His assistance helped shape a new generation of black and brown leaders in Los Angeles committed to fighting for ideals he held dear.

“We are his legacy. John’s vision and his dreams live in each of us continuing his fight, our fight, for a better Los Angeles and an empowered Black community. 

“His fight inspired thousands and his victories transformed millions. May he rest in peace."