Antonio Villaraigosa, first Latinx Mayor of Los Angeles

On May 17, 2005, Antonio Villaraigosa was elected as the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles, California, in over 100 years. His Mexican immigrant father was an alcoholic who abandoned the family, and Villaraigosa had a troubled adolescence.  He was expelled from high school for fighting, and later was charged with assault against a man who had used racial slurs about his mother.  He completed high school at night classes.  He then graduated from UCLA and next earned a degree from People’s College of Law. In an interview with US News, Villaraigosa stated, “I’m a guy who has fallen down my whole life, but I’ve gotten up and wiped the blood off my knees every time.”

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