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John W. Mack

John W. Mack is the former President of the Los Angeles Urban League. He is a highly respected supporter of equal opportunities in education, law enforcement and economic empowerment for African-Americans and other minorities - and a bridge builder across all racial, cultural, economic, gender and religious lines.

         Los Angeles Urban League

        Aims to serve African American and other minorities’ equality, using computer technology.

        Focuses their programs on education, academic tutorial, growth development and business development

        John W. Mack’s education

        Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University

        Master's Degree from Atlanta University

        John W. Mack’s Background

o       1960 - Mack was a leader in the student civil rights movement in Atlanta – and Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights.

o       1964 - Mack began his career with the Urban League in Flint, Michigan.

o       He served on the Urban League's National staff for six months during the Whitney Young era in Washington, D.C.

o       1965 - Appointed Executive Director.

         Under his leadership, the Los Angeles Urban League has become one of the most successful non-profit community organizations in Los Angeles with an annual budget of $20 million.

o       1969 - John W. Mack was appointed President of the Los Angeles Urban League.

o       1998 - He was given the unique honor and opportunity to serve as a teaching Fellow in Residence at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics from September through December. He led a Study Group of Harvard University undergraduate students entitled "The Future of Urban America: Finding Solutions Through Strategic Partnership and Policy Advocacy."

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John W. Mack Elementary School Background

John W. Mack Elementary School was built as a relief for the increase in student enrollment. Vermont Elementary School and Weemes Elementary School were becoming severely overcrowded and filled to capacity. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) chose to build John W. Mack Elementary School to reduce the overcrowding and to meet the growing enrollment in local schools.

John W. Mack Elementary School will allow the school communities to operate in less crowded conditions.    

John W. Mack Elementary School Timeline

It takes approximately three to six years to build a school.

  • Fall 2003: Beginning of Construction
  • Summer 2005: Completion of Construction
  • September 6, 2005: School opening
  • October 24, 2005: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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Courtesy of UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.