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L.A. Film Festival: 'Bridging the Divide' a timely look at Tom Bradley's legacy

L.A. Film Festival: 'Bridging the Divide' a timely look at Tom Bradley's legacy

During his groundbreaking 20-year mayorship of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley was known for his quiet resolve, some would even say his inscrutability. One of his nicknames, after all, was "the Sphinx of City Hall." It's perhaps oddly fitting, then, that Bradley's remarkable story — that of a grandson of slaves who became the first African American mayor of Los Angeles and presided over the rapidly changing metropolis for five terms — is not particularly well known. Until recently there had never been a documentary about him, a benchmark that has now been cleared by "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race," a one-hour documentary...

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