First Black Richmond Mayor George Livingston, 78

By Kia
Croom

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela with George Livingston, Sr., during Mandela’s first visit to US. Photo by Donald Johnson.

George L. Livingston, the first African-American elected mayor in the city of Richmond, died at the age of 78 after a long battle with diabetes. He died Jan. 7 at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo.
In celebration of his life and to honor the King Holiday, the Livingston family announced a viewing ceremony and quiet hour Monday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Wilson & Kratzer Mortuaries in Richmond.
Livingston’s memorial service will take place Tuesday, Jan. 17, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 11 a.m., at 662 South 52nd St. in Richmond.
Livingston was born in Shawnee OK.  He and his family moved to California in the 1950s to work in the local shipyard.  In the early 1960s, he became actively involved with the Coronado Neighborhood Council, serving as president.
Community organizing and coalition building fueled his interest in politics. Little did he know that his activism, charisma and no-nonsense character would one day earn him a place in history.
Livingston was elected to the Richmond City Council in 1965 and served three terms. In 1969, he became mayor of Richmond. During this time, the mayor’s position rotated among city council members (until 1981, when the job became an elected position).
He is survived by his wife Eunice Livingston, his son George Livingston Jr. and daughter-in-law Linda Livingston; his daughter Grace Livingston-Nunley and son-in-law Daryl Nunley; stepson Anthony Robbins, stepdaughter Robin Jones and husband Andy Jones, seven grandchildren and two great grandson, Jaylen and Brian.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.

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