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Commemorating a Surfing Pioneer

Several hundred people gathered on a stretch of beach in Santa Monica that was popular with African Americans in the first half of the 20th Century  to honor pioneering African American Latino surfer Nick Gabaldon. Called “the Inkwell” by some, it was a derogatory term referencing the “blackness” of the beach-goers’ skin color. But the vestiges […]


New Health Center at Washington Prep.

Los Angeles Lakers’ defender Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) brought an exuberant crowd of more than 900 Washington Preparatory High School students to their feet recently as he walked his towering frame to the front of their auditorium and stood behind the podium. As he began speaking,  however, the audience quieted down and sat in […]


Celebrating a Big Birthday

  When Eula Bertha Colbert was born, silent movie star Mary Pickford was a leading Hollywood actress, ragtime music was all the rage and the hottest technology for playing music was the elegant but scratchy Victrola. Women could not vote; segregation was enshrined in the South, and the NAACP was in its infancy. Mrs. Colbert, […]