July 18, 1990 |
When the NAACP's conference ended here last week, civil rights leaders left behind a portrait of black men in crisis. Too many young black men, said the civil rights group, are underemployed, alternately feared and reviled, and living at risk. Now come the men of Sigma Pi Phi, a once-secret black fraternity that celebrates the professional and material success of black men.
January 29, 1995 |
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. hangs up from Orenthal James Simpson's regular Saturday afternoon call from jail. His voice is fatherly. "We just talk. Juice will undoubtedly call once or twice again tonight. Juice is lonely." Cochran's round, pleasant face saddens behind oversized glasses anchored to a 24-karat gold band. He gazes out his office window. "Juice is lonely...all by himself." His eyes flick my way for reaction. Vintage Cochran before a jury he must win over. "Doesn't O.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1985
Ernest Shell, president of Golden State Minority Foundation, an organization that has helped provide more than 600 scholarships and grants to college students in Michigan and California, has died in Los Angeles. Shell, 76, also was a vice chairman of the board of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co., one of the nation's largest black businesses. In 1946 Shell became only the second black to be designated a chartered life underwriter by the American College of Life Underwriters.
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March 2, 2005 |
Norman B. Houston, 81, a former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and a former member of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, died Jan. 13 at his home in Los Angeles. A native of Los Angeles, Houston attended UC Berkeley before joining the Army during World War II. After the war, he continued his education, this time at UCLA, where he received his degree in banking and finance in 1948.
October 6, 2007 |
A controversial auction of art owned by Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in South Los Angeles set record prices at Swann Auction Galleries in New York, according to Nigel Freeman, head of Swann's African American art department. The auction Thursday had infuriated local art historians who wanted the collection to remain in Southern California.
August 24, 2013 |
In 1928, William Nickerson Jr., along with Norman Houston and George Beavers, founded the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Los Angeles to provide insurance to black people unable to purchase policies from white-owned institutions. The company flourished, evolving into one of the largest black-owned insurance companies west of the Mississippi. Through the years, the company amassed an extensive assemblage of African American art, one of the biggest corporate-owned collections in the nation.