Yvonne Burke is known for breaking gender and color barriers throughout her career in politics and public service. Burke earned higher education from the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California School of Law. After attending law school, Burke was admitted to the California Bar in 1956 where she began her career of public service.
Her accomplished career includes being the first African American woman to represent California in Congress and the first African American woman elected to the California assembly. She was also the first African American to serve on the L.A County Board of Supervisors.