Ida B. Wells’s 153rd Birthday and Her Connection with Dr. Tyree Wieder

16 Jul

idabwellsToday, Thursday, July 16, 2015, Google is honoring the 153rd birthday of civil rights activist, suffragist and journalist, Ida B. Wells, with a Doodle of her typing away on typewriter with a piece of luggage by her side.

In a tribute to Wells, Google wrote, “She was a fierce opponent of segregation and wrote prolifically on the civil injustices that beleaguered her world. By twenty-five she was editor of the Memphis-based Free Speech and Headlight, and continued to publicly decry inequality even after her printing press was destroyed by a mob of locals who opposed her message.”

Read the full article from the Huffington Post article here.

Did you Know?

Ida B. Wells credits Rev. Robert Nelson Countee, the great-grandfather of Los Angeles Valley College President Emeritus and previous Interim Chancellor, Dr. Tyree Wieder, for beginning her career in journalism.  See the quote below from the book, “They Say:  Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race” by James West Davidson:

“When Ida B. Wells first sued the C&O in the winter of 1883-1884 Memphis minister Rev. Robert N. Countee was in the process of launching a blackReverend Robert Countee newspaper, the Living Way.  The opportunity to be published was gratifying, if only a small step up from Wells’ occasional essays for the Memphis Lyceum. What made the crucial difference was that Countee sent the Living Way to a number of nonlocal subscribers, including T. Thomas Fortune, a sharp-eyed editor of another black paper, the New York Globe.”

How great it to have a personal LACCD connection with the “fearless and uncompromising” Ida B. Wells!


Source:  Huffington Post, Dr. Tyree Wieder

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Henry Louis Gates Visits Trade

15 Jul
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Gates in LATTC’s Library

The Trade Tech Library lined up some filming for PBS, and as it turned out, their guest was one of BFSA’s favorite black intellectuals–Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University–Henry Louis Gates!

Gates is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. He has written 17 books and created 14 documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots, now in its second season on PBS. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.  Gates is editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com, a daily online magazine, while overseeing the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field.

In 2012, The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader, a collection on his writings, was published. Gates’s latest book is Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, released by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014.

Gates has directed the W.E.B. Institute for African and African American Research—now the Hutchins Center—since arriving at Harvard University in 1991, and during his first 15 years on campus, he chaired the Department of Afro-American Studies as it expanded into the Department of African and African American Studies with a full-fledged doctoral program. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and serves on a wide array of boards, including the New York Public Library, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Aspen Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Library of America, and the Brookings Institution. He has chaired the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards since 1995, and travels each September to Cleveland, Ohio, to lead a community celebration of the winners. He won the prize himself in 1989 for editing the 30 volumes of “The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers”.

Source:  LATTC Email and Wikipedia

 

 

Sydney Kamlager at Trade July 11th

9 Jul

Sydney KamlagerOne of the newly-elected LACCD Board of Trustees members, Sydney Kamlager, the District Director for State Senator Holly Mitchell and a long-time early childcare advocate who worked at the non-profit, Crystal Stairs, will have her Community Swearing-in this Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 pm.  The ceremony will take place in the historic, Steven’s Square, named in honor of previous LATTC president, Thomas Stevens, Jr.outside the Magnolia Hall atrium.

The eight-member, non-partisan Board of Trustees guides policies and oversees the operations of the District’s multi-million dollar budget, operations and curriculum standards. The Board of Trustees serves a vital role in supporting the students, staff and faculty of the system’s colleges by developing partnerships between civic and business leaders and institutions, and by advocating for increased state and federal funding for the community college system.

Kamlager is excited to launch her service to the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Board on the Trade Tech campus, in the same location that, only one year ago, President Obama gave a speech about “economic patriotism” and the heroic efforts of community colleges in helping to build the middle class; and seven years ago, then senator, Obama addressed an audience in the same place.

LACCD BFSA members have committed to coming out and showing their support for Kamlager.  They are asking you to come out and join them.

Happy Retirement for Abbie Patterson

24 Jun

abbie pattersonOn Saturday, June 20, 2015, in the penthouse ballroom overlooking the south bay–at the Doubletree Hilton in Torrance, California–family, colleagues, and friends of Abbie Patterson celebrated her 37 years in education.  Corey Rodgers, dean of admissions and records of Harbor College was the master of ceremonies.  Pastor Charles Williams from Grace Chapel gave the invocation and Dr. Adriana Barrera, Los Angeles Community Colleges District (LACCD) Deputy Chancellor, gave greetings from chancellor, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez.  Dr. Otto Lee, president of Los Angeles Harbor College welcomed the guests, and LACCD Trustee, Mona Field, brought greetings from the Board of Trustees.  Susan McMurray gave a presentation from the Los Angeles Harbor College Academic Senate.   Dr. Regina Smith, vice president of student services at Los Angeles City College shared her experience working with and being mentored by Abbie and gave a wonderful dedication on behalf of the chief student services officers of the LACCD.  Other vice presidents, including Kaneesha Tarrant from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, joined Abbie on stage in a warm tribute.

There was a modern dance performance by Bria Briggs and a lively song tribute by the Supreme Three:  Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye, retired vice chancellor of LACCD; Leige Henderson, retired LACCD administrator; and Alaina Patterson, Abbie’s daughter.  They shut the house down in their metallic gold cocktail dresses.

Mercy Yanez gave words from the Teamsters Local 911 and Marco Marrufo gave a moving tribute to Abbie on behalf of the Harbor College Associated Students Organization.  Dr. Linda Cole and Paulette Bailey from Los Angeles Trade Technical College presented Abbie with a Lori Hunter custom-made card and gave greetings from Trade Tech.  Dr. Cole also recited the nine fruits of the spirit that Abbie exemplified.  Dr. Ayesha Randall, interim vice president of the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association, thanked Abbie for her years of service to the district and for her past and continual mentorship.

Abbie, the ninth child of twelve, had many of her siblings in the audience who also shared loving tributes to their sister.  Her daughter, Alaina, read a poem dedicated to her mother and Abbie’s husband, Rodney, gave a warm tribute to his wife and shared the story of how the two met.  The audience was treated to a special video presentation by the Delahoussaye family that highlighted Abbie’s life through pictures and music.

Abbie ended the evening by recognizing many of the special guests in the audience and sharing little anecdotes of each.  The evening ended with music and dancing.

Biography of Abbie Patterson

Since 2003, Abbie Patterson has served as the vice president of Student Services at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, California.  She has worked in education for over 37 years, beginning in 1977 as an assistant recruitment coordinator at California State University, Los Angeles.  In 1978, Abbie was hired as a counselor for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP & S) office at West Los Angeles College.  In 1984, she became the director of the program.

Abbie’s administrative career began with her selection as an assistant dean of Student Activities at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in 1987.  Over the next sixteen years, Abbie steadily moved up the administrative ranks at Trade Tech, becoming an associate dean of Admissions and Records, senior dean of Student Services in 1991, and later receiving a title change to Vice President of Students Services in 1999.  Abbie was very active for seven years in the Chief Student Services Officers (CSSO) statewide association as the past president, president, vice president, and region representative.

Abbie enjoys working with community college students, especially first generation college students and those who have been given a second chance to complete their career goals.  She also admires the thirst for knowledge from these populations.  As a vice president, Abbie was able to provide students with access to services, including admissions and records, counseling, financial aid, accommodations for students with disabilities, athletics, math and English assessment, orientation to college, and the student heal center.  In addition to serving the needs of Harbor College students, Abbie served the college community in her role as senior manager where she reviewed campus policies and procedures, budgets, and planning for completion of new campus buildings funded by bond monies.

After graduating from Los Angeles High School Abbie completed her bachelors of arts degree in psychology in 1975 from Pomona College.  In her senior year at Pomona, Abbie won the Honnold Graduate Fellowship, which she used to attend the George Peabody College of Education in the Vanderbilt University Graduate School located in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1977, Abbie received an MS in Human Development Counseling.

Abbie has been married for over 31 years to her husband, Rodney, who is a retired community college political science instructor and former academic senate president.  They have three adult children–two sons and a daughter.  In Abbie’s spare time, she enjoys participating in community activities, reading novels, and traveling with her family.

California Community Colleges’ Smooth Pathway to HBCUs

20 Mar

HBCU PhotoIt has been a hard and long road to ensuring that students have a smooth transition from community colleges to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  In 2008, led by Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye,  previous president of Southwest College and former vice chancellor of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District, and under the guise of the African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI), created 9 articulation agreements for the following HBCUs: Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Paine College, and Savannah State University.

More recently, Helen Young, Transfer Center and Honors Director at West Los Angeles Community College was part of the committee of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office that worked over the past 18 months to form state-wide articulation agreements to form a pioneering Historically Black Colleges and Universities Transfer Admission Guarantee Program with the following 9 HBCUs:

Because of this hard work, students will now have two pathways to these HBCUs.  They can either complete :

  1. Thirty (30) CSU/UC (Cal State University/University of California) transferable units with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  2. An ADT (associate degree for transfer) degree with min. 2.5 GPA  (IGETC/CSU GE Breadth Certification) 

Because these agreements are intended for all 112 California Community Colleges (CCCs), they have been kept simple to ensure easy pathways for students. These agreements do not replace any specific articulation agreements (course-to-course or program) that a CCC might have with a HBCU currently.  Both Young and Delahoussaye who attended the signing ceremony in Sacramento, discussed the need to work on updating LACCD’s HBCU articulation agreements.   The AAOI has already begun working on that undertaking scheduled for this spring.

For more information, visit the California Community Colleges website here:  http://extranet.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer.aspx.  You can download a flyer here:  http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/SSSP/HBCUTransfers/HBCU_Handout.pdf.  Also, go to extranet.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer/Resources.aspx for information and instructions on how to download buttons and promote this new agreement to students on your website.Download this document about effectiveness of HBCUs on student success: http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/HBCU_webversion2.pdf.

Going Black in Time

16 Feb

wattstower On Friday, February 27, 2015 from 8 am to 4 pm, join the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association on a bus day trip to the past.  It’s the Black Heritage Tour of Los Angeles designed especially for LACCD faculty, staff, and students!

Discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel to the Bridget “Biddy” Mason Memorial and learn the history about the first African-American—a former slave—to purchase land in Los Angeles; learn about the history of the Watts Tower; view the Mother of Humanity sculpture and tour the Civil Rights Museum; learn about the black entertainers like actress Louise Beavers, Pearl Bailey, Hattie McDaniels (first African American to win an Oscar), Earl Grant (jazz organist), and Ray Charles, of “Sugar Hill” in the 1940s; visit the historic mural in the oldest black church in Los Angeles, First AME; and more!

Leading on this journey is Tour Director, Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber, professor of ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona and member of Our Authors Study Club, Inc., the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month.

The price is excellent for what you are getting — an interactive day tour of Black LA on an air conditioned, plush, chartered bus.

$5 Students | $10 for BFSA Members | $15 for Non-BFSA Members stelmos

Optional Soul Food Buffet Lunch at Dulan’s on Crenshaw for an extra $15.

RSVP with Toni Johnson at x 7111 or johnsotn@lattc.edu.  Put in the subject line “Black LA Bus Tour 2015”.  Speak to your professional development coordinator for information about flex credit for this event.  Download a flyer here:  Black History Bus Tour of LA 2015 Flyer.

Andraé Crouch, A Gospel Great (1942-2015)

26 Jan

andraecrouchFrom the Negro spirituals of the slaves, like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to the contemporary gospel songs from musical greats like Andraé Crouch’s, “Goin’ up Yonder,” black sacred music is the backbone of African American culture. It created a strong and resilient faith-based foundation for black people.

Andraé Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, choir director and pastor, died January 8, 2015 at 72 years of age.  He was born Andraé Edward Crouch on July 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California, along with his twin sister, Sandra, to parents Benjamin and Catherine (neé Hodnett) Crouch. Crouch was only 14 when he wrote his first gospel hit. Since then, his music has resonated across generations and cultures.  Some of his most popular songs are “Soon and Very Soon,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” and “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)”.

The celebration and homegoing for Andraé Crouch was a two-day tribute at West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Los Angeles, California. It began with an all-gospel tribute concert on Tuesday, January 20th, followed by his homegoing service on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

10 Things You Never Knew About Andraé Crouch

  1. Did you know that gospel music’s most celebrated artist worked to overcome stuttering?  His twin sister, Sandra, had to speak for him. It started when Andraé was just three years old. He once narrated:   “I was on my way to get some ice cream right down the street from where my folks had a business, and a guy picked me up and started running with me. And we’d always say, “If anybody ever kidnapped us, we would scream and beat them up.” And here this guy was running with me. I couldn’t say anything. My folks saw him carry me across the street ‘cause they heard me let out a yell and the guy dropped me. I remember then is when I started stuttering.”
  2. Between 1992 and 1994 his father, mother and older brother Benjamin, died of cancer. Following his father’s death, he took over as Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Pacoima, California, the church founded by his parents, serving alongside his twin sister Sandra. Crouch formed his music group there.
  3. In 2004, Crouch was the third gospel performers to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  4. Crouch directed his choir, The Disciples, that sang background on Madonna’s song, “Like a Prayer.”
  5. He arranged music for the 1985 film, “The Color Purple” — which earned him an Academy Award nomination.
  6. In 1994, Crouch arranged the music for Disney’s “The Lion King” and helped to arrange Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit song, “Man in the Mirror.”
  7. Crouch collaborated often with his twin sister, who sang with him and acted as his manager.
  8. Despite a lifelong struggle with dyslexia, to create, Crouch would make drawings that allowed him to grasp the concept. For the Jackson song, he drew a mirror with an image in it. Crouch once told The Associated Press in 2011, “I memorized everything through sight, the shape of the word.” “Some things that I write, you’ll see a page with cartoon pictures or a drawing of a car or a flag. I still do it on an occasion when a word is strange to me.”
  9. Crouch is the writer of five internationally renowned songs:
    • “He’s Worthy”: Recorded in 1983 by Sandra Crouch and Friends, He’s Worthy is a staple of contemporary gospel music, particularly for female choirs.
    • “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus”: Billy Graham called him the greatest hymn writer. “The song is a pillar of contemporary gospel, performed often in churches; and yet, Crouch works the number like a Motown star, with a sweating, open-shirted, suave look – complete with gold chain and chest hair – that would look as at home on Marvin Gaye or Isaac Hayes.”
    • “Man in the Mirror”: In addition to Crouch‘s choir performance with Michael Jackson at the Grammys, in the Man in the Mirror video, Crouch also arranged this single, which hit No 1 on the US charts when it was released in 1987.
    • “The Force Behind the Power”: This song is a convergence of major musical talent from black America. The Stevie Wonder-produced song was performed live by Diana Ross and the Crouch twins. The song was also performed live in 1992 for the 50th birthday of Muhammad Ali.
    • “Let the Church Say Amen”:  The death of Whitney Houston was felt in the African American gospel music family. Houston came up in the church, and was memorialized in this live recording at her funeral with Marvin Winans performing one of Crouch’s most famous ballads, Let the Church Say Amen.
  10. Including many Stellar and Dove awards, Crouch won seven Grammys:
    • 1975: Best Soul Gospel Performance Take Me Back
    • 1978: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Live in London
    • 1979: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album I’ll Be Thinking of You
    • 1980: Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational The Lord’s Prayer (collaborative)
    • 1981: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Don’t Give Up
    • 1984: Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male Always Remember
    • 1994: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Mercy

Sources:  http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jan/09/andrae-crouch-dead-five-songs-michael-jackson, http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/Life/10-things-you-never-knew-about-Andra—Crouch/-/1055104/2592734/-/format/xhtml/-/nmrffxz/-/index.html

Andraé Crouch Songs and Tributes: