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African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Mentoring, reading newspapers and moreWhen I have occasion to mentor young people, I always advise them to read a newspaper every day. The purpose is to keep up with what is happening in the world and keep improving their reading skills. An example of the benefits of reading newspapers was demonstrated this past weekend. I discovered that Cal State Los Angeles, along the bastion of producing Black college graduates, has a new President, William Covino. He replaces James Rosser who was there 34 years.

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Welcome 2014

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Welcome 2014 - general observations and more2013 has ended with a BANG for my family. 2014 holds the blessing of a positive year for our family and for America. On December 11, 2013 my granddaughter was hit by a car who ran the red light causing her 2005 car to turn over onto its left side and then flip back up on its four wheels. Her left rear axle, wheel and tire was left horizontal. She was hurt, but alive. My response was, "Thank you, Jesus."

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Looking Back at 2013

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Looking back at 2013Mandela left us. He lived with dignity. The world honored him for his sacrifice. The people benefitted for his loyalty, and God gave him the Presidency and long life for his reward. He taught us what leadership meant and took his people to places they have never been.

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Christmas Blessings

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Christmas blessingsAs we come again to that time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ, I'm looking back at last year's column and find that some things need to be repeated and some things are new. Last year at this time, we as a nation were grieving the death of 20 children and 6 adults at a school shooting in Connecticut. This was followed in Pasadena by the shooting death of our friend Victor McClinton, on Christmas day 2012, by local gang members.

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Remembering Mandela

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Remembering Nelson MandelaIn my memory is the disinvestment movement which encouraged the world to take their investments out of South Africa as long as Apartheid was their primary political activity. We all discovered that the University of California and other national American organizations had invested in the South African economy. I remember attending rallies where we promoted the disinvestment programs, while our politicians like Maxine Waters from Los Angeles and Ronald Dellums from Oakland pushed, more or less, from within. My recollection is that this push to divest was done over the objections of then Governor Ronald Reagan. However, for many investors, it was the anti-Apartheid struggle that revealed our ability to effect change through the power of our money.

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