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Yvonne Braithwaite Burke was one of the first African American women admitted to the University of Southern California School of Law. After graduating from law school, she went into private practice.
Ms. Braithwaite was the first African-American women to be elected to the California State Assembly. She served in the Assembly from 1967 - 1973. In 1973, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served from 1973 - 1979.