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May Dunkentall

July 10, 1994

* Too bad it took a drive-by shooting to find out about the Watts matriarch May Dunkentall (July 2). Why don't we read about such colorful community figures before they die? I live in a "good area," Playa del Rey, yet no one cooks soul food for the neighborhood.

Dunkentall did more for Watts than all the city politicians and bureaucrats combined. She showed she cared, she created community. More articles about people like her, community heroes, would encourage more people to follow her role model.

I'd like to see an article about a community hero on the front page every day.

DAVID QUESTON

Santa Monica

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