Sunday, February 11, 2018, First AME Church hosted the 2018 city of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Worship Service to kick off Black History Month in the city of Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the day’s event paying tribute to those Black leaders who laid the ground work for not only First AME Church but all of Los Angeles. “It is such a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Mayor Tom Bradley, who paved the way for so many historic moments that we enjoy today here in Los Angeles,” stated Mayor Garcetti.
The church was filled with the who’s who of African American political leadership and included those currently seeking office in and around Los Angeles and the state of California. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd and First Lady Florence Boyd welcomed and paid special tribute to the members of the California Legislative Black Caucus. Members in attendance included the Southern California contingent of state representatives including Chris Holden (Caucus Chairman), Senator Steve Bradford (Vice Chair), Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Assemblymember Mike Gipson and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond.