January 6, 2004
Re "Put Hospital's Survival First," editorial, Jan. 2: The survival of Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center and the survival of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science are not equal considerations of Los Angeles County and its Department of Health Services. Drew University will survive because its fundamentals are being reviewed and problems addressed. MLK hospital will only survive if and when the DHS allocates adequate funds, management, staff and oversight to assure its survival at a standard that the county can maintain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2012 |
Raymond L. Johnson Sr., an attorney, civil rights activist and former Tuskegee Airman, died Dec. 31 in Los Angeles of complications of pneumonia and heart failure, said his wife, Evelyn. He was 89. Johnson, who practiced law for nearly 50 years, was a leader of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People in the 1960s and 1970s. After the 1965 Watts riots, he provided free legal assistance to African Americans who were wrongfully arrested during the disturbances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1998
Three business leaders and a corporation will receive the 1998 Life Enrichment Awards from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science at a ceremony Thursday in Beverly Hills. The school, based in Willowbrook, will honor the recipients who "contribute to creating environments in which individuals are inspired or empowered to take control over their own lives and create healthy communities," said W. Benton Boone, interim university president.
September 17, 1989
It is acknowledged that problems exist at the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Nonetheless, your series of articles on these institutions were classic examples of one-sided, sensationalist journalism. The King/Drew Medical Center arose from the ashes of the Watts riots in response to the urgent needs of a medically under-served community. In addressing these needs, it has functioned admirably. The medical center's struggle to gain academic credibility and to consistently offer the highest level of care can be traced to a number of complex socioeconomic and political factors.
August 22, 1993
I would like to suggest the Rev. Leonard Jackson of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church now also confront his religious prejudices head-on ("Confronting Racism Head-On," July 25). Jackson stated that an FBI agent gained his trust (in helping foil an alleged white supremacist plot to bomb the church) when he "realized that he was the chief agent for the Los Angeles area and that he was a Christian." Jackson goes on to say that "there's an aura about Christians; you don't have to wear a collar for people to realize exactly where you stand."
May 9, 1993 |
Doll artist Sigrid Williams was looking for a way to help the black community, but didn't know where to start--until she turned on her television. "It's a project that I actually thought about after watching a news program on Drew University's magnet program that pairs up medical students at the school with kids in Watts," Williams said. After viewing the broadcast earlier this year, Williams began producing a limited edition of porcelain dolls to benefit Charles R. Drew University in Watts.