Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) will be honored by the African American Alumni Association of Loyola Marymount University at its 10th annual awards dinner and scholarship fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 11.

Bass, a Democrat who represents California’s 33rd Congressional District, will receive the association’s Legacy Award for her pioneering achievements as a politician and community organizer.

Prior to her election to Congress in 2010, Bass was elected as the state Assembly’s 67th speaker, making her the first African-American woman in the country to serve the state legislative role.

Other honorees at this year’s dinner include Ralph Smith, a nationally recognized business leader, philanthropist, legal scholar and attorney, who will receive the William L. Strickland Excellence Award; and the Most Rev. Gordon Bennett, a member of the Society of Jesus and bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica, who will receive the Irma Brown Dillon Community Service Award.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward scholarships for students.

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