CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1991 |
It's a tradition that Angela Childs Montgomery wants to pass on to her 6-year-old son. Every year when she was living in the South, she attended the annual celebration of "Juneteenth," a holiday marking the end of slavery. So this year, Montgomery, who recently moved to Oxnard, brought Dean to the local celebration at the city's Community Center Park. Throughout the day, about 150 people attended the event, which included dancing, singing and food booths.
April 10, 2010
What was Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell thinking when he declared April to be Confederate History Month without mentioning slavery? None of the possibilities are encouraging: Maybe he wanted to pander to Virginians who, even now, romanticize what used to be called the War of Northern Aggression. Perhaps he thought mentioning slavery, the overarching if not the only issue in the war, would be bad for tourism and economic development. Or he simply lacked what is sometimes called moral imagination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1991 |
More than four years after the Ecclesia Athletic Assn.'s neighbors in Oregon began complaining that the Watts-based group was abusing children in its rural commune, the group's controversial leader, Eldridge Broussard Jr., and seven followers were arrested Friday on charges of enslaving dozens of children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1985 |
A lumber mill worker convicted of abducting a young woman and holding her in bondage for seven years as his sex slave was sentenced here Friday to 104 years in state prison. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clarence Knight said he imposed the maximum sentence on Cameron Hooker because of the "cruelty and viciousness of the crimes." Knight called the 31-year-old defendant "the most dangerous psychopath I have ever encountered."
October 3, 2002 |
The City Council voted unanimously to require firms that do business with the city to disclose past ties to slavery, a measure that lawmakers say could help descendants of slaves win reparations. The council approved the ordinance requiring disclosure from companies that held or issued insurance policies covering slaves. The proposal initially targeted only insurance companies. Alderman Dorothy Tillman amended it before the vote to cover all companies that do business with the city.
October 19, 2006 |
Brown University acknowledged its co-founders were linked to the slave trade, and said it would establish memorials, forums and a research center to educate its students and the public about the practice. A 106-page report, "Slavery and Justice," released on the institution's website, also recommended that the Providence university rewrite its history to include the role the Brown family had in the slave trade.
August 3, 1995 |
State and federal agents raided a garment factory in El Monte early Wednesday that allegedly held dozens of Thai immigrants in virtual slavery behind barbed wire for years, forcing them to labor in servitude to supposedly pay off creditors. The pre-dawn raid by a multi-agency team headed by the California Department of Industrial Relations discovered more than 60 Thai nationals living and working at a gated apartment complex ringed with barbed wire and spiked fences.
March 27, 1994
As a teacher and descendant of slaves, I find it highly ironic, paradoxical and extremely contradictory that Disney can sponsor the American Teacher Awards celebrating excellence in teaching, but is afraid to offend by accurately and realistically depicting slavery and the Civil War in its proposed American history theme park ("Disney Unsure How It Will Organize New Theme Park," March 9). Is this Disney's way of saying they're afraid of criticism, so they knuckled under to critics' objections to their plans for portraying slavery so realistically that visitors could "feel" what it was like to be a slave?
March 2, 2007
Re "Va. lawmakers vote for slavery apology," Feb. 25 I was born and raised in Martinsville, Va., and it's good to see the Commonwealth of Virginia finally apologize for slavery. Perhaps the Virginia Legislature can find it in its heart to apologize for other atrocities. In 1949 in Martinsville, seven black men were arrested in the rape of a white woman. Although no white man had ever been executed for rape in Virginia, by 1951 all seven had been executed. In 1959, instead of integrating, Prince Edward County closed its entire public school system for five years.
June 9, 2005
The June 4 Times' Column One headline, "A Hard Truth to Portray," with reference to slavery, decries America's shameful past. Perhaps The Times has forgotten that as part of our history, a long and bloody civil war was waged partly to rid our country of slavery. Those were Americans who fought the war, under the leadership of another American, Abraham Lincoln. I, for one, am proud of that period of our history and its outcome. If The Times is so ashamed of our country, perhaps it could repair, with its editorial staff, to a country with attitudes more to its liking.