January 16, 2011 | 1:50
Feb. 22, 1913: Councilman Robert M. Lusk died in office and the African Americans of Los Angeles called on the council to appoint one of several black contenders to complete his term.
Charles C. Flint, a grocer at 1101 Santa Fe Ave., was the leading contender. The other candidates were T.W. Troy, a furniture dealer at 12th and San Pedro; J.M. Alexander, head of the Afro-American Council and the Afro-American Commercial Co., 818 Wall St.; and R.C. Owens, 1327 W. 10th, "one of the wealthiest Negroes in Los Angeles," according to The Times.
The Times quoted an appeal to the council by J.J. Edmunds, editor of the Liberator, "a publication for Negroes."
"After detailing the status of the Negroes of Los Angeles and the advance they have made as property owners and in aiding the material prosperity of the city, Edmunds said:
"When it looked as though the entire city was going to be overwhelmed by an undesirable element, you depended upon the Negro votes to help carry the day, and they fully responded. Without this vote the results would have been vastly different. We feel that this, as well as the many other reasons given, entitle us to a representation in this council."
Despite these pleas, the council nominated Wesley J. Bryant to fill Lusk’s term.
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