February 9, 1992
What is the role of a pastor today? "Enabler, expediter, mobilizer, catalyst, port in time of storm, welcome arch, social activist, priest, economic developer, heart fixer," says Pastor Cecil Murray of the First A.M.E. Church. Murray lives what he preaches. His days and nights are filled with social service and spiritual blessings. He presides over the cycle of life--baptisms, weddings and funerals--with special attention paid to reaching out to those on the edge of trouble.
April 8, 1993 |
In the shadow of internal feuds, last spring's riots and the coming verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial, local chapters of the NAACP are struggling to maintain their credibility and voice in Southern California's black community.
June 14, 1991 |
It started as a teen-age prank: Dennis had hidden Albert's notebook. One boy started pushing, the other shoved back. Soon, the two high school students were pounding each other with their fists. The scuffle, as Dennis sees it, went deeper than it seemed. Dennis is black and Albert is Latino. In junior high, they had been friends.
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May 27, 1999 |
Tempers flared early in a debate Wednesday night at Dorsey High School between Los Angeles school board member Barbara Boudreaux and challenger Genethia Hayes when they were asked to explain what sets them apart. "My record really outstrips my opponent's," said Boudreaux, who is seeking a third term. "I do not speak to people in a very demeaning manner, and I don't tell lies about my opponent."
February 13, 1989 |
When Dr. Gloria Powell, a black child psychiatrist at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, speaks about the troubling disparity between the quality of white and black lives, she often uses a word that whites seldom hear and often have trouble swallowing: Negrophobia, the social science theory that explains discrimination as the result of an innate discomfort whites feel toward blacks.
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January 22, 1991 |
For thousands of people who lined the boulevard under a dreary Los Angeles sky Monday to honor assassinated civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., it was a day to reflect as much on dreams not realized as on those attained. Gone are the days of whites-only drinking fountains, seats at the back of the bus and police dogs unleashed on peaceful protesters.