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Aug. 14, 2003
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Contact: Thomas Knox
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Governor Gray Davis Signs Assembly Bill
Creates African American Political and Economics Institute
At Cal State Dominguez Hills

CARSON, Calif. – Declaring that “education creates intellectual wealth,” Gov. Gray Davis today signed Assembly Bill 60 to establish the African American Political and Economics Institute (AAPEI) on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Addressing a capacity audience at the Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall, Gov. Davis recognized AB60 author Assembly Member Mervyn Dymally (52nd District) for his vision and commitment to promoting education for African Americans and all California students. The Governor said he was pleased to sign AB60 because “an education helps enable students to become productive citizens.” Gov. Davis said an education makes it possible for students to go out and make a powerful difference in our society.

CSU Dominguez Hills Provost Allen Mori and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Selase Williams welcomed Gov. Davis and noted his longtime commitment to higher education in California.

Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson joined U.S. Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (37th District), Assembly Member Jerome E. Horton (51st District), and numerous elected officials, witnessed the signing ceremony.

Gov. Davis proclaimed CSUDH as the most diverse campus in the 23-campus CSU System and said it was his personal honor to sign the bill into law. African Americans compose 30.9 percent of the student population at CSUDH. The audience, composed of university faculty staff and students, and community members, responded enthusiastically to Gov. Davis’ support and commitment to establishing the Institute at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Assembly Bill 60 requires the AAPEI to be supported by non-public funds.

California State University, Dominguez Hills, takes pride in offering a ‘World of Opportunity’ to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Please visit the university website at for information on campus curriculum, and activities, and academic programs.

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