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Change Has Come But There is Some Work to Do

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Still work to be done - rights taken awayAs I watched television on Martin Luther King's birthday (January 15), I noticed an advertisement depicting a Black wife, a White husband, and their child. This advertisement follows a so-called controversial advertisement for Cheerios with a Black father, a White mother, and their child. I am of the age when we saw so few Blacks on television, and when we did, all activity in the house stopped to watch. We all watched Dianne Carroll play "Julia" and then there was "Good Times" with JJ, and then, of course, later "The Cosby Show" where we all discovered that there were families where Blacks were professionals.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message Lives On

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Each year as January 15 rolls around, we are reminded that Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. lived. He preached the word of God and helped the world to understand what love of fellow man was about, and then he died, leaving the work of spreading equality to the rest of us.

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Trading Places or Sharing Spaces

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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