Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Many star athletes who got their start in the Los Angeles Unified School District are coming home to be inducted in the CIF City Section Sports Hall of Fame. Confirmed honorees include: football greats Warren Moon, Hamilton High School Class of 1974; Mike Haynes, Marshall High School Class of 1971, and James Lofton, Washington High School Class of 1974. Major League Baseball All Star Los Angeles Angels Garrett Anderson, Kennedy High School Class of 1990, is scheduled to attend. Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner, Jordan High School Class of 1978, is to be honored posthumously. Other Olympians who plan to attend include Sheri Howard, Kennedy High School Class of 1980; Quincy Watts, Taft High School Class of 1988, and Olympic swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, Fairfax High School Class of 1993. Legendary volleyball coach Al Scates, Westchester High School Class of 1957, and Pat Harvey, founder of girls’ sports programs in LAUSD, also plan to be there along with other noteworthy athletes from the classes of 1926 through 1996.
The National Bar Association presented its Gertrude E. Rush award during its annual Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner recently at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point. Named for the only woman co-founder of the association, the Gertrude E. Rush Award recognizes recipients for their pioneering spirits, community and professional leadership, concern for human and civil rights, and for being a model of excellence in legal education. Past recipients include: Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former Attorney General Janet Reno.