Member of Congress, 1963-1991 Democrat from California
Honorable Augustus F. "Gus" Hawkins
Create and expand opportunities for advancing educational excellence through academic programs and workforce training that stimulate job creation and business development in diverse markets that positively enhance community growth and economic competitiveness.
More reserved than many other African-American Representatives of the period, Hawkins worked behind the scenes to accomplish his legislative goals. Known by his colleagues on the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as the “Silent Warrior,” the longtime Congressman and committee chairman earned the respect of African American leaders because of his determination to tackle social issues like unemployment and his commitment to securing equal educational opportunities for impoverished Americans.