Supervisor Kenneth Hahn administering a pledge from Dr. Vada Somerville, Los Angeles, 1950s-1960s
- Supervisor Kenneth Hahn administering a pledge from Dr. Vada Somerville, Los Angeles, 1950s-1960s
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- Somerville community activities (2)
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Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection
Dr. Vada Somerville (born Vada Jetmore Watson) of Pomona graduated from USC, married dentist John Alexander Somerville (1912), was the first African American woman and the second African American person to graduate from USC School of Dentistry (1918), and was the first African American woman certified to practice dentistry in the state of California. She was a civil rights activist, highly involved in several civic and community organizations.
Kenneth Hahn (1920–1997) was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for forty years, from 1952 to 1992. Hahn was on the Los Angeles City Council from 1947 to 1952. He was an ardent supporter of civil rights throughout the 1960s, and met Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1961.
Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and Dr. Vada Somerville raise their right hands and hold a book, standing in front of an American flag.
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