Media Advisory: Monument to Asian-American leader Alfred H. Song to be unveiled in Koreatown

October 1, 2014

Contact: Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu.

  • Song was first Korean-American admitted to California Bar and first Asian-American in California State Legislature
  • Song graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1942 and in 1945 returned to complete his J.D. and LL.M. degrees at USC’s Gould School of Law

LOS ANGELES – Hon. Alfred Hoyun Song (1919 – 2004), who served in the California State Assembly, California Senate and as Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, will be commemorated by his alma mater, friends, family and supporters with the unveiling of a memorial monument in Koreatown.

Among his many achievements, Song was the first Korean-American admitted to the California Bar and the first Asian-American elected to the California State Legislature. His legislative record includes the creation of the California Evidence Code, and leadership on enhanced enforcement of child support, tightening of consumer protection laws, support of press freedom and improving the quality of available healthcare. Song graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1942 and in 1945, returned to complete his J.D. and LL.M. degrees at USC’s law school.

The etched stainless steel monument will stand 10′ tall and serve as a testament to all of Alfred Song’s accomplishments.

What: Alfred H. Song memorial monument unveiling

Who: Brief remarks by:

  • USC President C.L. Max Nikias.
  • L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Consul General Hon. Hyun-myung Kim
  • Former California State Assembly member Richard Alatorre
  • USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., Chairman, Senator Alfred Hoyun Song Commemoration Committee

When: Friday, October 3, at 11:00 a.m. Reception follows

Where: Corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Koreatown

Parking: info to be provided upon RSVP

Please RSVP to SenatorSongCommittee@gmail.com or abelev@president.usc.edu.