Dr. George McKenna

Mothers In Action’s ‘Read Across America’ Delights South L.A. Students

“A resounding success” is how Mothers In Action President Tracy Mitchell described the organization’s annual “Read Across America” event where MIA members and community leaders connect with students at South L.A. schools.  This year, the MIA volunteers read books and interacted with youngsters at Danny J. Bakewell Sr. Primary School and Marcus Garvey School.

What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say about the State of America if he were alive today?

Dr. King’s belief in non-violence as a moral and political basis for achieving the “Dream” he envisioned did not include a passive or patient acceptance of a lower place in society. He knew this would be a multi-generational quest for our freedom, and prophetically told us that we would eventually get to the mountain top even if he were unable to be there with us.

Larry Aubry, Lying Down Like a Hill: Still Having Height, Always Pointing Upward

It is the sacred wisdom of our ancestors that a great person lies down in death like a hill, still having height and always pointing the way upward, constantly calling us to the upward paths of our best ideas, values and practices as persons and a people. And so it is with our beloved and honored brother, Larry Aubry, an all-seasons soldier and uncompromising servant of his people, who made transition and ascension, Saturday, May 16, 2020 (6260), and now sits in the sacred circle of the ancestors, among the doers of good, the righteous and the rightfully rewarded.


Election Day is Tuesday June 4, 2019.  All persons who reside within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are eligible to vote on ballot Measure EE.  This measure will provide additional resources directly to students including school nurses; counselors; librarians; teachers; smaller class sizes in English and math; enhanced arts, music and vocational classes; and support services to ensure clean and safe school environments. As the elected School Board Member in District 1, I voted to place Measure EE on the ballot, which is a parcel tax annual assessment of 16 cents per square foot for

Bethany Baptist Holds Thanksgiving Giveaway

More than 120 families received a complete dinner at the annual Thanksgiving Giveaway sponsored by Bethany Baptist Church of West Los Angeles and the Baldwin Bethany Community Development Corporation. The outreach event, held Nov. 18 on the church campus, was presented in collaboration with Dr. George McKenna and LAUSD District 1, which selected students and families from Coliseum, Audubon, Hillcrest, and Baldwin Hills schools to receive food boxes filled with turkey, dressing and other ingredients for a full holiday meal. Several contributors donated items for the giveaway including City Council President Herb Wesson of District 10, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas of District

African American Catholic Center Plans King Event

Father Michael Thompson, superior general of the Josephite Fathers in Baltimore, MD, will be the featured speaker at the Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the African American Catholic Center for Evangelization (AACCE) in Los Angeles. The program is set for Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 a.m., at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Culver City. Thompson, a native of Port Arthur, TX, is the 14th Superior General of the religious community, founded 144 years ago to minister to African Americans. When he was elected to the position in 2015, he said, “This is the time. The time is