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What Would Martin Think?

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - What would Martin Luther King Jr think - MLK Jr and 2013In 1905, W.E. B. Dubois was a Professor at Atlanta University and one of the great leaders of the Negro resistance movement. In June of 1905, Dubois called for a movement, later called the Niagara Movement, which led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In his call for the creation of the NAACP and the first meeting of the group issued on Lincoln's birthday, in 1909, Dubois described the social climate of America of the time and the world that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born into.

Dubois said that if Mr. Lincoln could revisit this country in the flesh he would be disheartened and discouraged. He cited the fact that the state of Georgia had disenfranchised Negro Americans, as of January 1, 1901, as had all southern states had done. He cited the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on the disenfranchisement of the millions of Black citizens and openly enforced laws that allowed white men to vote, while disallowing Black men the same right.

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2013 - What Will Be - I Wish!

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - 2013 forecast - progress and sacrificeLast week, I wrote about the past and what will be, in terms of political activity in Pasadena. So when I was reminded that I was to write a forecast, I realized I had been there, done that. What's left is what I wish could be. So my wish is in a word: progress. I will tell you how I came up with my wish list.

At my age, I find myself visiting the doctor, no, not for social reasons, but because the little problems that I have with healthy like a simple cold now lasts longer and won't go away with a bit of Robitussin, a lemon stew, and some honey. As a born and bred Pentecostal, I skip the whiskey. But that's a matter of choice. Back at the Doctor's office, actually the clinic, I found a lot of jobs being filled, and to tell the natural truth, the jobs were filled by Asians, Filipinos' and Latinos. Naturally, I would like to see more people that look like me, Black that is. After all, since I have children, my wish for more Blacks is based not on any racist notions but on the need for jobs for my children and grandchildren.

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2012 Year End

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - 2012 Year End Talking about change is always a good way to look at the end of one thing and the beginning of another. As far as change goes, 2012 has had more than its fair change, both nationally and locally. Locally, things have changed politically and, likewise, change is on the agenda for 2012, as a result of some events that happened in 2012. Then there are things that seemed to have changed but, in reality, they have remained the same.

On the political front, locally, the loss of 44th District Assemblyman Anthony Portantino was hailed with parties and accolades for his dedication to his District. Less stated, and yet of no less concern, is the nervous anticipation as to what will happen next in the District. Under Portantino, the District has seen African American concerns included in receiving a fair share of attention from staff positions to programs where African Americans have been recognized for their contributions to the community.

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Make This a Special Christmas

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Christmas season reminders to invest in others...Again we reach the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus with all of its gift-giving and spreading of cheer. This year, the anticipated Christmas joy has been shattered by the killing in Connecticut of 20 children and six adults by a lone gunman with a gun that shoots multiple bullets.

People are pointing out that there will be children's beds that are empty, gifts under the tree that will be left unopened, and empty chairs at the Christmas table. On the other side, people are being encouraged to hug their children a little tighter and tell them they love them. I would add that we all need to evaluate the relationship with our children and, indeed, our loved ones of all ages.

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On the Road Along Freedom’s Highway, Watch Out for Snakes!

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Snakes along Freedom's HighwayBlack America has fought hard and long to travel freedom's road from slave ship and slave house, to the drawing rooms of corporate power, to America's White House. Along freedom's highway, Black African slaves picked up victories over oppression, and other passengers who had been discriminated against often became the victims of those they saved.

Programs and movements with names like Abolition preceded Emancipation, Freedom and Civil Rights. A Civil Rights program designed to create equality and redeem Blacks, called Affirmative-Action, gave rights to Blacks who had suffered so-called legal discrimination, Jim Crow Laws, and unthinkable humiliation, intimidation, and just plain unfair treatment. This was the circumstance of enslaved Black people in America. Black females suffered the additional indignities of rape by their captors and slave owners.

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