In 1966 a coalition was formed with its goal the election of the first Mexican-American to the Los Angeles Board of Education. Julian Nava was selected as their candidate, and he won a seat on the board in 1967 after a run-off election against Charles Reed Smoot. Re-elected twice, Nava served in this position while continued his full-time teaching schedule at California State University, Northridge for twelve years. He presided over issues concerning the East Los Angeles Chicano Student Walkout of 1968, the introduction of bilingual education to Los Angeles schools, and school integration. Nava, who also served as the Board's president twice, 1970 to 1971 and 1976 to 1977, decided not to run again and left the Board in 1979. Cristóbal P. Aldrete, the special assistant to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, sent this telegram congratulating Nava. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Julian Nava became one of the first Mexican-American graduates of Pomona College and one of the first Mexican-American doctoral students at Harvard University. He went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge, member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, and United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1980 to 1981. 5.4 in. x 8.4 in.