The Yvonne Brathwaite Burke papers contain the records of the political activities of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, University
of Southern California Gould Law School alumna, state and federal legislator, and county official. Included are records from
Burke's tenure in the California Assembly (1966-1972), U.S. Congress (1973-1978), and the Los Angeles Angeles County Board
of Supervisor (1979-1980). Records also include her campaign for California State Attorney General (1978).
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, named Perle Yvonne Watson by her parents James T. and Lola Moor Watson, was born on October 5, 1932
in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles in 1947, she earned her BA in political
science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her JD from the University of Southern California (USC)
School of Law in 1956. She was the first African American woman admitted to the USC Law School since 1927. Burke was admitted
to the California bar in 1956 and began private practice in Los Angeles. During her legal career, she focused on real estate,
civil, and probate law.
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