A tireless community activist with a drive to stand up for the rights of others, Lillian A. Mobley, also known as “Mother Mobley”, was on the frontlines after the Watts Revolt to establish CDU and the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.
Born in Macon, Georgia, Mobley headed out to California in 1951. Her activism began when her children began school. Following the Watts Revolt, she joined Mary B. Henry, Caffie Green, Johnnie Taylor and Nola Carter to bring quality health care to the community. In 1967, she became involved in the Neighborhood Adult Participation Project, an anti-poverty program designed to provide training and employment opportunities for adults in poor neighborhoods. In 1980, Mobley was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Her influence spanned across the city as she sat on numerous boards and advisory councils related to issues of transportation, education, aging, and health care.
Upon Mobley’s passing in 2011, Congresswoman Maxine Waters wrote: “Lillian Mobley is one of the icons of South Central and the Watts communities of Los Angeles that has helped to educate the city and the country about the problems of poor people and working folks and the struggles that they encounter on a daily basis. She was the voice that articulated their pain, their challenges, their hopes and dreams.”[More CDU Stories]