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November 30, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
When Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins, dean of the nation's black elected officials, was voted into the state Assembly 53 years ago this month, he became the only black member of the California Legislature. "I remember driving from Los Angeles to Sacramento and seeing big signs on the way, 'No Negroes Admitted Here,' 'We Do Not Solicit the Negro Trade,' " recalls the South Los Angeles Democrat who now has longer continuous service in state-elected offices than any other Californian.
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November 13, 2007 | Claudia Luther and Valerie J. Nelson, Special to The Times
Augustus F. Hawkins, the first African American from California to be elected to Congress and a champion of workers, fair housing and civil rights, has died. He was 100. Hawkins, a Democrat who represented South Los Angeles first in the state Legislature and then in Congress for more than half a century, died Saturday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., of symptoms related to old age, his niece, Susan Jefferson, said Monday.
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NEWS
January 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The federal education budget should be doubled to allow disadvantaged children and adults to participate in proven programs that "open doors to the American dream," a coalition of education groups and a California congressman urged in separate statements. Head Start for low-income preschoolers and Chapter One for disadvantaged youngsters were among the programs lauded by Rep. Augustus F.
MAGAZINE
November 14, 1999
It is almost, almost impossible now to conjure what it must have been like, in that age not too long past, when to take up a career in politics was to arm yourself with a shining lance of noble service, and not a toilet plunger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2007 | Claudia Luther and Valerie J. Nelson, Special to The Times
Augustus F. Hawkins, the first African American from California to be elected to Congress and a champion of workers, fair housing and civil rights, has died. He was 100. Hawkins, a Democrat who represented South Los Angeles first in the state Legislature and then in Congress for more than half a century, died Saturday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., of symptoms related to old age, his niece, Susan Jefferson, said Monday.
NEWS
March 15, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) pushed hard Wednesday to end a bitter dispute between rival factions of House Democrats over a landmark child-care bill, one of the chief pieces of social legislation before Congress this year. Foley's aides said an agreement was within reach between forces headed by Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) that would avert an intraparty floor fight and open the way for House passage of the bill within the next two weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1990 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Decisions by five legislators and one congressman to retire or run for higher office have drawn a field of candidates that could trigger one of the most contentious primary election seasons of the last decade in Los Angeles County. The retirement of Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins, the senior black member of the House, has lured Democrat Maxine Waters out of her safe Assembly district based in South-Central Los Angeles.
MAGAZINE
November 14, 1999
It is almost, almost impossible now to conjure what it must have been like, in that age not too long past, when to take up a career in politics was to arm yourself with a shining lance of noble service, and not a toilet plunger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON and CATHLEEN DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles), the senior black member of the House and the first black ever sent to Congress from a Western state, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of this session.
NEWS
February 1, 1989 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., currently facing federal charges of securities fraud, recently enlisted nine members of Congress from California--at least seven of whom have received campaign contributions or honorariums from Drexel--to bring pressure on the Securities and Exchange Commission to lighten the terms of a proposed settlement of the case. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley also played a key role in persuading the California congressional delegation to intervene on behalf of Drexel.
NEWS
December 23, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is a small, quiet man who rarely raised his voice in anger for more than a quarter-century in Congress, yet a legacy of landmark legislation demonstrates that his liberal message was heard loud and clear. Now, a sprightly 83, Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles) is closing a chapter in a public life that started in the depths of the Great Depression when he was first elected to the California Assembly.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1990 | DAVID LAUTER and ALLAN PARACHINI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Bush Administration, responding to conservative pressure Tuesday, denounced NEA funding of "obscene art," reheating a controversy that White House officials had been trying in recent weeks to quiet. "This is a subsidy issue, and we need to speak out against subsidies--by the federal taxpayers--for this kind of art," White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said after Bush met with Republican congressional leaders to discuss several topics.
NEWS
March 15, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) pushed hard Wednesday to end a bitter dispute between rival factions of House Democrats over a landmark child-care bill, one of the chief pieces of social legislation before Congress this year. Foley's aides said an agreement was within reach between forces headed by Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) that would avert an intraparty floor fight and open the way for House passage of the bill within the next two weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1990 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Decisions by five legislators and one congressman to retire or run for higher office have drawn a field of candidates that could trigger one of the most contentious primary election seasons of the last decade in Los Angeles County. The retirement of Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins, the senior black member of the House, has lured Democrat Maxine Waters out of her safe Assembly district based in South-Central Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON and CATHLEEN DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles), the senior black member of the House and the first black ever sent to Congress from a Western state, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of this session.
NEWS
January 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The federal education budget should be doubled to allow disadvantaged children and adults to participate in proven programs that "open doors to the American dream," a coalition of education groups and a California congressman urged in separate statements. Head Start for low-income preschoolers and Chapter One for disadvantaged youngsters were among the programs lauded by Rep. Augustus F.
NEWS
July 13, 1987 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
A host of political and religious figures--including Sen. Edward Kennedy and Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony--endorsed an increase in the minimum wage Sunday at a rally in the Shrine Auditorium. "No one should be asked to live on $3.35 an hour," said Mahony, adding that establishing "a moral minimum wage" would have a significant effect on "the survival of our most basic and treasured social unit--the family. . . .
NEWS
December 23, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is a small, quiet man who rarely raised his voice in anger for more than a quarter-century in Congress, yet a legacy of landmark legislation demonstrates that his liberal message was heard loud and clear. Now, a sprightly 83, Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Los Angeles) is closing a chapter in a public life that started in the depths of the Great Depression when he was first elected to the California Assembly.
NEWS
February 1, 1989 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., currently facing federal charges of securities fraud, recently enlisted nine members of Congress from California--at least seven of whom have received campaign contributions or honorariums from Drexel--to bring pressure on the Securities and Exchange Commission to lighten the terms of a proposed settlement of the case. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley also played a key role in persuading the California congressional delegation to intervene on behalf of Drexel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
When Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins, dean of the nation's black elected officials, was voted into the state Assembly 53 years ago this month, he became the only black member of the California Legislature. "I remember driving from Los Angeles to Sacramento and seeing big signs on the way, 'No Negroes Admitted Here,' 'We Do Not Solicit the Negro Trade,' " recalls the South Los Angeles Democrat who now has longer continuous service in state-elected offices than any other Californian.
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