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Assembly Member Honors CTA Boys and Men of Color Program During Capitol Tour


(Photo above) Assembly Member Steve Bradford (D-Inglewood) introduces CTA member Keith Brown and his students to Dotson Wilson, clerk of the Assembly, during a Thursday tour of the Capitol.

Assembly Member Steve Bradford (D-Inglewood) welcomed 19 Bret Harte Middle School students and their teacher, Keith Brown, to the state Capitol on February 20. Brown, who is vice chair of CTA’s School Safety and School Management Committee, has been a leader in the CTA Boys and Men of Color program.

Backed by the California Endowment, the program aims to help increase the graduation rates of young men of color, who are at greatest risk of dropping out of school, as well as to help them succeed in school, career, and life.

The Assembly Member, who Chairs the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, invited Brown and the students to come directly to the Assembly floor. When Assembly Member Bradford brought them next to the floor of the Senate, they were welcomed by Senator Kevin de Leon who spoke to the boys about perseverance.

Brown has been leading the program for five years at his school, but this is the first year that the school has been able to set aside a school period for an elective class on leadership.

Prior to this year, Brown had been working with the students during his lunch period.

Learn more about this program:


The Assembly’s message and voting tote board tells the tale.

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