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Byron Motley

was born in Los Angeles, California on 3 October 1953, the only daughter and youngest of four children born to Wilhelmina (née Duckett) and DeWitt Bass, a mail carrier. Bass became interested in community activism at an early age while watching the civil rights movement unfold nationally on television with her father and experiencing unrest in her own community. The 1968 presidential campaign of Senator Robert Kennedy sparked the future congresswoman’s first foray into the political scene when, as a middle school student, she served as a precinct leader for Kennedy in California’s Democratic primary.

After graduating from Hamilton High School on the west side of Los Angeles in 1971 Bass studied psychology at the University of San Diego for two years She worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Southern California s Keck School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program for nearly a decade She eventually ...


Charles Rosenberg

teacher, author, and congressional aide, is remembered for standing firm in the face of racist mob violence after her family moved into a home in Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1957. Born in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Alma Hockett, but raised by Myers Dailey and his wife, Lottie, she grew up with the name Daisy Dailey, while remaining close to her biological siblings. It is likely that the Daileys were related to Alma Hockett, who was twenty years old when Daisy was born.

In 1940 the Daileys and the Hocketts still lived within three blocks of each other on North Fifth Street in the northern part of the city s Madison Ward an area where most residents were of African descent adjacent to the more intensely segregated Jackson Ward sometimes called the Harlem of the South Daisy attended the Moore Street Baptist Church After completing high ...