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If I Had Prayed (A Letter to My Sons)

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - On Father's Day - a letter to my sonsDear Sons,

I have been blessed with the three of you. You are what I would have gotten if I had prayed and asked God to give me sons. You have multiplied and now I have four grandsons and three granddaughters. All are to be proud of. One thing I know is that even when I was not praying for something, I was from a praying family and others were praying and asking for me to be blessed.

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Maya Angelou

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Maya AngelouLast week Maya Angelou died at 86 years old. She had planted her flag in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality, and now she has gone on to rest. Her poetry about life and Black women has defined them as no other writer has. In her recent book, "Mom and Me and Mom", she tells her life story and spreads her wisdom as she always has with simple lessons of wisdom grown out of her life's experiences.

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Repeat Good Historical Examples to Get to The Good Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Family success tipsIn watching the latest news, I was reminded of the book, "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. I read Wikipedia's description of where the story line came from and learned that the real story was based on Hansberry's family story when they bought a house in Washington, D.C., in about 1937. The owner of the house wanted the money from the sale of the house, however, his wife brought a lawsuit (Hansberry vs. Lee, 1940), to enforce the restrictive covenant in force at the time that said White folks couldn't sell to Black folks.

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Blessed Experiences and A Fighting Chance

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Blessed Experiences and A Fighting ChanceThere are always a few warriors in a battle who stand out and are worthy of observing and imitating. In the United States Congress, of these Obama years, there are two Democratic Congress persons who I admire. One is James Clyburn of South Carolina, and the other is Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Summertime Lessons to Improve Your Child's Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Summer ideas for youthI heard a conservative politician tell a sick joke this past week. He said someone wanted to figure a way to keep Black folks down. He then said that they were given a gift to make it happen. The gift was public education. I am convinced that public education has many problems, but it is up to parents to make up the differences to try to equalize the educational experience.

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