Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

In Tribute to Dr. King, We have a Responsibility!

We have a responsibility, not to just honor what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King stood for, but to continue fighting for the injustices of local and state governments who dare to take away our rights to vote.

Dr. King, Sports and Music!

There was a time when the aspiration of most Black Americans was either sports or music, as other vocations were closed or limited at best. As the old saying goes, if life deals you lemons, make lemonade. So, Blacks like Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Berry Gordy ran with what they had to work with.

Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer A Clear Choice

On Jan. 5, Georgia will hold a run-off election for both of its Senate seats. The races capture national attention because control of the Senate is at stake. If the two Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, both win, the Senate will be effectively split 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking the tie. If one or both lose, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell will retain his ability to obstruct the incoming president.

Black Communities Deserve Health Equity During COVID Crisis

Data revealed from pockets of the country have made clear that the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on Black Americans. The Trump administration’s lack of transparency and failure to release racial data on a national level has undermined efforts to develop a targeted response to the crisis. As a result, too many of our communities are left without fair and equitable access to testing, care and treatment. 

Follow up to ‘FBI Aims to Build Relationship with Los Angeles’ Black Community’

A few nights ago, I had a terrible nightmare. In my dream, a casual conversation with a law enforcement agent resulted in my employment as an informant. In desperation, I screamed, “Oh no, what have I done? Will I have to kill and sabotage my people now? Black Lives Matter help me! Please get me out of this mess.”

Santa Monica College Students Honored With 2016 Education Awards

Five Santa Monica College students and a senior from Point Loma High School were presented the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition 2016 Education Awards at a ceremony held Jan. 18 to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday. This year’s awards recipients are: • SMC sophomore Aljzana Hobdy-Clayton, who received the 2016 Clyde Smith Award for her poem “Don’t Let Those 6 Principles Go.” The award for ‘artistic effort and service to making our world a better place’ is given to celebrate the life of MLK Westside Coalition co-founder, director of the former Neighborhood Development Corporation (NRDC), and revered community

Murray joins Watts Area Ministers’ MLK salute

 The Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray will join the Watts Area Ministers, Inc., (WAM) at its annual salute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. WAM’s King Day Celebration is set for Friday, January 15, at 11 a.m., at the Martin Luther King Shopping Center on 103rd Street and Compton Avenue. “We are summoning people, particularly from the Watts Community, to gather with us in a peace march around the center then assemble adjacent to the only monument in Southern California dedicated to Dr. King, erected by the artist, Charles Dickson,” said the Rev. Dr. Reginald A. Pope, WAM