2019 was dominated by my suffering a stroke. Thanks to my wife of 57 years, everything’s going to be OK. I get a little bit better every day, as long as I do my exercises and what the therapists taught me to do. The rest about me is boring, except that one of my grandsons moved with us to work with me doing the exercises. My wife keeps my blood pressure checked and my diet in check and off the salty foods I love. I know the prayers of me has helped me along the way, as many have died of a stroke, but God was not finished with me yet, and I say thanks.
Looking at the year in losses and gains, we lost Congressman Elijah Cummings who’s “dancing with the Angels” now, Toni Morrison is gone, and Congressman John Conyers said goodbye. Other losses include Senator Kamalya Harris who withdrew from the U.S. Presidential race. We were reminded of our struggles as we saw the fi lm “Harriet.” We lost our opportunity to have her placed on the twenty dollar bill.
We honored our local heroes at the annual Pasadena Branch NAACP Ruby Williams McKnight Awards Banquet. This year the honorees included Joe Brown, Arzella Valentine, Floyd Norman, Philip Washington, Pablo Alvarado, Rabbi Marvin Gross, Iman JD Hall, Pastor Kerwin Manning, Brian Takeda, Laura Farber, Barbara Shay, and Jordan Patton.
Three African Americans announced that they were running for mayor of Pasadena against incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek. That group includes Major Williams and former Councilmember Jackie Robinson.
Dominating the news of the year was Donald Trump. President Trump was impeached, and the world is waiting to see if he will be put out to pasture. I can’t say I’m sad. My hat is off to our local Congressman Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Maxine Waters who played important parts in impeaching the scoundrel and was one of the fi rst, early on, to call for him to be impeached
The annual Black History Parade was a success, as it provided an opportunity to highlight local organizations including youth organizations. In June. The LAMP Mentoring Program was highlighted for its work with our young people. For father’s day, my wife gave a testimony in the Journal to all the men in her life. I was glad to be in that number.
2019 is almost over. In 2020, we look forward to a Happy New Year and wish you and your family the same!