Brad Pye, Jr. was the first
African-American sportscaster in Los Angeles, California. He worked to establish racial
equality in American sports throughout his distinguished career as a sports journalist,
broadcaster, and community advocate. The Brad Pye Jr. Campaign Collection highlights
aspects of Pye's involvement in American athletics and in the Los Angeles
community, including his race for the District 9 seat of the Los Angeles City Council in
1991. Records in the collection include campaign documentation, political proposals,
candidate advertisements, press releases, press clippings, correspondence, and
Brad Pye, Jr. was born June 11, 1931 in Plain Dealing, Louisiana. He moved to Los
Angeles at the age of twelve and lived on Central Avenue where he looked after himself
without family support until his mother joined him four years later. During that time he
made a living as a gas station attendant, shoe shiner, and garment factory worker. Pye
enjoyed athletics and became interested in sports writing while attending Thomas
Jefferson High where he was recognized with a journalism award in 1949 for his
contributions to the school newspaper. After graduation, Pye went on to play center
position with the 1949 undefeated football team of East Los Angeles College where he
studied journalism and wrote for the school's newspaper. He was the college's
first African-American student public relations director and its first Black member of
Beta Phi Gamma, the honorary journalism society. Pye completed his Associate of Arts
degree at Compton College and served two years in the United States Marine Corps before
enrolling at California State University, Los Angeles where he served as sports editor
for the school's award-winning newspaper.
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