Fred Monroe Hudson 1936-2013

Fred Monroe Hudson 1936-2013Fred's Utopia Barbershop Mr. Fred Monroe Hudson, age 77, of 4256 Victoria Ave., Los Angeles, CA, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, in Los Angeles California. Mr. Hudson was born in Floyd County Georgia on April 7, 1936, son of the late Edward and Annie Bell Hudson. Fred completed…

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Margeurite Poindexter LaMotte 1933-2013

Margeurite Poindexter LaMotte 1933-2013From her Obituary: “Marguerite was the baby of a family of seven children born to Leon and Amy Poindexter of New Orleans, LA.  She flourished in a segregated Louisiana school system and graduated from Xavier Preparatory High School and the YMCA Business College in New Orleans.  At age 18 she…

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Pastor Wade M. Wills 1952-2013

Pastor Wade M. Wills 1952-2013I often pass Pastor Wade's house while walking my dog.  I turn the corner on 23rd St, pass the bushes and see his van in the driveway alerting me that when the rapture came, I could have his car. Often  I would see him standing on his front lawn and…

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Cecil Fergerson 1931-2013

Cecil Fergerson 1931-2013This is a reprint of an article we published on Cecil Fergerson in TNN issue #14 October, 2010  Fergerson grew up in South Central, attending Compton Community College.  In 1948 he went to work as a custodian at the old Los Angeles County Museum at Exposition Park, moving to Los Angeles…

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Eula Mae Jordan English 1922-2014

Eula Mae Jordan English 1922-2014{jcomments off}Mid City resident, Eula Mae Jordan English, the wife of pioneering attorney Herman A. English died of cancer on Wednesday, November 13, 2014 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center surrounded by family.  Beginning in the 1950s, Eula English and attorney Herman A. English were a power couple of LA’s elite,…

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George Stamouvlasis (Stamos) of Capitol Burgers

George Stamouvlasis (Stamos) of Capitol BurgersOn July 30th George Stamouvlasis (Stamos) the owner of Capitol Burgers, passed away.  Capitol, located at the corner of Pico Blvd. and South Victoria Ave., has been a neighborhood staple for nearly 50 years serving up some of the best hamburgers and pastrami sandwiches in Los Angeles. Customers sang…

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Joanne (Jo) Christine Schaefer 1947-2013

Joanne (Jo) Christine Schaefer 1947-2013With the recent passing of long time Mid-City resident, Jo Schaefer, we have lost an avid, dedicated community activist and supportive friend of many.  Jo began her activism as the first student director of the Educational Participation In Communities (EPIC)program out of Cal State L.A. where she organized students…

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LEO BRANTON JR. 1922 - 2013

Leo Branton Jr., a civil rights and entertainment lawyer who championed the underdog, died April 19 in Los Angeles. He was also father to Tony Nicholas who runs the Tom Bradley Youth and Family Center on Pico. Leo was, 91, and a longtime resident of LaFayette Square. We reprint the…

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Willis Edwards, Famed Local Civil Rights Activist

Willis Edwards, Famed Local Civil Rights ActivistRegina Jones remembers Willis Edwards.At age 66 and on Friday, July 13th, Willis Edwards succumbed to cancer. Willis was a celebrated force as a civil rights and political activist, once heading the Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch of the NAACP and shaking things up when he ran the NAACP Image Awards.…

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Mel Cannel 1921-2012

Mel Cannel  1921-2012The poet Robert Frost proclaimed, “Good fences good neighbors make”.  But in a time when we’ve taken fence building to extremes, our family was blessed with a neighbor who took them down. From the time we moved into the Western Heights neighborhood in 1994, Mel Cannel gave meaning to the…

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