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The Journal’s 20th Anniversary

African American news from Pasadena - 20th Year AnniversaryWarm smiles and laughter, big hugs and lively chatter. Celebration. Thus defines The Journal's 20th Anniversary, and much more. Commemorated by all as a gift to the community, The Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal Newspaper has brought together and unified a community that has benefited from the 20 years of its service. Intended for the community to acknowledge and recognize the greatness of the impact The Journal Newspaper has had upon the community for the past twenty years, much excitement and happiness filled the rooms of The Tournament House on November 20th. As a young woman fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at The Journal, it was a wonderful experience to have been a part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration. It was on that chilly Friday evening, when it was all over, that I took with me a new perspective of journalism as well as a sense of importance and the ability to achieve above and beyond.

Through being a part of The Journal and its 20th Anniversary, I was able to experience, first-hand, a new element of the journalistic field in terms of filming as well as meeting, socializing and working with new people. It has been a privilege to be a part of something that gives unconditionally to the community and something every other young man or woman should experience for himself or herself. 

The same words of encouragement given to me that night in November from so many of those at the Anniversary Celebration, I now give to everyone else: Do not let intimidation get the better of you-Keep on keeping on. As I stood amongst the Journal family towards the end of the celebration, I saw how revered Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins were by their supporters for their twenty years of service.

I, too, can become as successful as these two and bring back something positive. And so can anyone and everyone else-if you work hard and persevere towards your goals and ambitions.

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