The PBS documentary that explores race, coalitions, police brutality and police reform, and shows how an
election made a difference.


Tom Bradley Election

Broadcast on 311 PBS stations, reaching 96% of the top 25 markets nationwide

Narrated by Alfre Woodard

Produced by Lyn Goldfarb and Alison Sotomayor

2016 – 57 minutes, closed-captioned

Tom Bradley Election


BRIDGING THE DIVIDE tells the story of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley-the nation's first African American mayor elected in an overwhelming white city.

Mayor for an unprecedented 20 years, Tom Bradley transformed the city of Los Angeles into a world-class metropolis and became a formidable force for change in American politics.

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE raises critical issues about race, coalitions and policing in urban America. It is especially relevant during these times when the nation is at a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice and police brutality.

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Major Sponsors

National Endowment for the Humanities

California Council for the HumanititesW. K. Kellogg Foundation

Ralph M. Parsons FoundationCalifornia Community Foundation

City of Los AngelesLos Angeles Department of Water and Power

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Photographs in the Gallery and throughout this website are courtesy of the Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation, the California African American Museum, the personal collections of the Tom Bradley family, and Tom Bradley staff members including Phil Depoian, Adrian Dove, Bee Canterbury Lavery, Craig Lawson, Wilfred Marshall, Jeff Matsui, Wanda Moore, and Bill Raphiel.