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Looking Back to Move Forward

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - looking back to move forwardThe week began with my wife and I being honored by the Altadena NAACP with a Lifetime Achievement award. To the NAACP, our heartfelt thank you for noticing our work. In describing our work the NAACP used the words inspire, impact, influence and benefit the community, others, and each other. To that I can only say, I hope so. We have certainly worked hard to get here in what is our 25th year of publishing the Journal and our 52nd year of marriage, as of June 30, 2014. That is our real lifetime achievement. For that I say, thank you Miss Ruthie. Together we say, congratulations to Paul and Juanita DeVaughn on their receipt of the Community Service award for years of service they have given to the community. They have been married since 1950, a few more (12) years longer than Miss Ruthie and I.

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$40 Million Settlement Reparations = Down Payment

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Settlements and ReparationsA few months ago, I settled a case for $200,000 where the LA County Sheriff burned a young man and arrested him for alleged battery on the deputies. For over thirty years, I have been suing the police for abuse of citizens. In 1968, the year I graduated from college, I was one of those young Black men who was beat-up by the police. That was before suing the police was the thing to do, and I was just glad to be alive, and not going to jail, and was able to put the event behind me.

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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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