The first African American woman elected to the California State Senate, Former Senator Dianne E. Watson shined a spotlight on the needs of underserved communities, including those living in her district in South Los Angeles.
A Los Angeles Board of Supervisor for ten consecutive terms, Supervisor Kenneth Hahn championed health care services and training in South Los Angeles.
A tireless community activist with a drive to stand up for the rights of others, Lillian A. Mobley, also known as “Mother Mobley”, was on the frontlines after the Watts Revolt to establish CDU and the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.
A man known for both his generosity and determination, Dr. Henry S. Williams was one of the CDU founders dedicated to bringing medical training and care to the underserved communities.
A leading founder of the Watts Health Clinic, Dr. Robert Tranquada has a decades long track record of supporting the University and quality health care in South Los Angeles.