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Special Edition

to the 2008 Graduates!

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Vote Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Award Winning Newspaper

“They Call it the ”


President’s MESSAGE

by Nancy Foster, Special to the Press-Telegram

The Long Beach Branch NAACP held a dialogue with Long Beach First Lady Nancy Foster,“They Call it the Blues,”regarding depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Donna L. Ehlers, Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente was also on hand to discuss solutions. Long Beach First Lady Nancy Foster shares her story below.
The gift that depression has given me is to feel a genuine compassion for others. I have to look at the positive side of depression. I have to open up to people about my depression and bipolar disorder. I vividly remember watching Jane Pauley on the “Today” show and wishing I could be normal, smart and enjoying life as she was doing. Years later, Jane came out with a book talking about her struggles with depression. I realized that I had admired a lady who also had the same problem as I. Saying this, I hope, will also be of help to others. Now, I haven’t read Jane’s book, but I can imagine what she has written. She has known the horror of depression, the mental anguish. Depression makes you look at yourself with a keen eye. It’s a destructive eye that doesn’t do a person any favors or give one any hint of being of more value. With depression, my mind magnified each moment and endorsed my negative thoughts and feelings. I was locked in by depression at times and it was a struggle. I never showed this ugliness to others in the world, but it was shown to my family. I was trying to take care of daily duties of caring for my family and at the same time dealing with feeling horrible and looking for a solution. At times, it was just too overwhelming. I remember one day when my mental pain was so horrendous and I questioned if I could live a lifetime feeling like this. I really had to think about it long and hard. The idea of how I would end my life occurred to me. I realized my two boys, Kenny and James, needed me to be there for them. Days that were so difficult, the voice of their needing me always rang in my ears. They saved my life and I knew it would be wrong to leave them.
Naomi Rainey, NAACP Long Beach Branch President

The Ballot is Your Weapon


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y depression actually started taking hold with a chemical imbalance. It was about two months after our second son, James, was born that my body started playing tricks on me. First, my over-active thyroid was treated, but the anxiety continued and I would have spells of severe depression and feeling as if I were in a fog. My mind would always give me a warning to be on the alert as I would start getting negative thoughts and bad feelings. This would gradually get worse until the depression set in. I would wake up in the morning with this horrible feeling. I wouldn’t want to open my eyes because I knew what was waiting for me: depression. Depression is the ugly duckling. I have had spells in my life when the physical and mental pain of depression has consumed me. That’s what makes it so horrible. As hard as you try to get it out of your mind, it hangs inside of you and suffocates your life. It also suffocates the lives of those around you, the people you love. During my spells of depression, I would hide in my home. Some days would seem to go on forever. Daily chores became tremendous tasks. Easy decisions became monumental and impossible to make. Luckily, as the years have passed, I have lost touch of the oppressive feelings of depression. Still, I have felt the hurt of the world inside of me. I hurt for people who are suffering because their lives are so difficult. Is it me hurting for them, or me realizing their hurt because of the awful depression that had been laid on my life for so many years?

he vote is a most precious right and a crucial tool for insuring meaning involvement in the nation’s political processes. Many civil rights workers died in the struggle to remove barriers between blacks and the ballot box. The NAACP’S continuing struggle to enfranchise black Americans is as old as the Association itself. A concerted drive was begun in 1956 with a goal to register 3,000,000 voters throughout the South in time for the national elections. The NAACP was a key force in the enactment of 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act Extension Bill of 1982 and the August 2007 extension. The Association was also heavily involved with the enactment of the 1993 “Motor Voter” Bill. Also, in 1991, the Association launched the “NAACP Redistricting Project” as an all-out assault on old district lines – local, state and Congressional – thus maximizing potential election opportunities for minorities. The largest increase in black members of Congress since Reconstruction can be directly attributed to voter redistricting. Today, the NAACP conducts voter education/ registration programs nationwide including areas where minorities represent a significant political force.


Battle for the Ballot
The Crisis remembers Mrs. Viola Liuzzo
Registration Volunteer from Detroit, shot by a KKK sniper on March 25, 1965 returning from a march to the Alabama state capital. Please, so that Mrs. Liuzzo did not die in vain…

Register to Vote and Vote!

Panic, anxiety
Panic disorder usually comes into play with depression. Wow! What a combination. Depression comes when you feel physically miserable, and makes you feel worthless. Then panic disorder comes in for the final blow and makes you feel frightened, as if you were dying. It’s not a nice combination. I lived with severe anxiety, and it was frightening. I remember being at a




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* Reprinted from The Long Beach Times Long Beach The Press Telegram Long Beach View Executive Director’s Newsletter Long Beach Business Journal Executive Director’s Newsletter NAACP National News Signal Tribune



Long Beach Branch NAACP

Members in Action

Pictorial Highlight

Mayor Bob Foster congratulates winners of the first City of Long Beach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award. Mayor Bob Foster, Naomi Rainey, Melissa Morgan and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews at the Inaugural Peace Maker Award Program at City Council.

President Naomi Rainey with the NAACP Women’s History honorees from left to right: Rachel Plotkin, Kim C. Evans, Kathy Berry, Carolyn Smith Watts, and Laura Doud.

Long Beach Branch NAACP Health Screening collaboration with St. Mary Medical Center.

The Long Beach Branch NAACP congratulates CSULB, Nursing Students and Rachel Plotkin, RN, PHN, MSN/MSHCA, and Branch Health Chair for health screenings at all general membership meetings.

Ernest S. McBride Sr. Park sign unveiled in the city of Long Beach. Mr. McBride was the founder of the Long Beach Branch NAACP.

Dave and Sharon McLucas showcase their private Black Artifacts Collection, named “Forgotten Images”.

The Long Beach Branch NAACP congratulates Marie Treadwell former NAACP President Reverend Reuben English introduces the NCNW book “Untold and First Lady Arabel on 24 Legacies: A Pictorial History of Black years of religious service to Long Beach 1900-2000 and Beyond”. the Long Beach community.



Publications and Books recoding the history of African Americans in Long Beach

Untold Legacies
to reserve your copy today contact: Marie Treadwell at 562-432-2015. The cost of the book is $25.00 for a hard copy and $15.00 for a paperback.

THE HERITAGE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN LONG BEACH This is the first book about the Black Community in Long Beach, which we all call “glimpses of an awesome past.” It includes new excerpts, early census records of African Americans in Long Beach, selected city directory information, and many profiles of pioneers, community leaders, churches, community organizations, and businesses. The book was published in 2007 by the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. Edited by Aaron L. Day and Indira HaleTucker. The cost of the book is $25.00 and may be ordered by contacting 562-6346708; via website at or by mail to: AAHSLB P Box 17351 Long Beach, CA 90807 .O.

An Autobiographical Account of the Political History of Black Long Beach, California by

Ernest McBride, Sr.
Civil Rights Activist and Union Organizer The story of a man who caused change
To order, call the McBride family at one of the following numbers: (562)422-6168 • (562)4243162 (562)427-8633 • (562)595-6986 (562)633-5378

Continuing Legal Education
Sponsored by the

Breaking Through, Lighting the Way - For more information contact Carolyn Smith Watts at: 562-427-3702. Single commemorative book is $75

Newspaper Advertising Rates
Size A-$50 (Business card) Size B-$100 (1/4 page) Size C-$200 (1/2 page) Size D-$400 (full page) Your Camera-ready ad is due at the NAACP office on or before the first day of the month preceding publication: Deadline for April/May/June issue is May 1st

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July 13 - 14, 2008 Cincinnati, OH July 14 - Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Memorial Lecture Luncheon

Deadline for July/August/September issue is August 1st Deadline for October/November issue is November 1st For more information, call 562.856.7586 LB NAACP • P.O. Box 1594 Long Beach, CA 90801

Continuing Legal Education Credits Contact the NAACP Legal Department at: 410.580.5790

Publisher: NAACP- LB Branch Editor: Michelle Guerrero Asst. Editor: Naomi Rainey Intern: Trevon Williams Writers: Aaron Day

Carolyn Smith-Watts Indira Hale Tucker and Tom Henessy
Photos: Clarence Long (562) 426-4767 Graphic Designs: Greene Graphics Studio 562.427.3968 • Fax: 562.427.9145

Othetta Glover Michelle Arellaro Alice Huffman Jesse Johnson Anita McCarty Marie Treadwell

** Reprints from Crisis Long Beach Times Long Beacn Press Telegram Long Beach View Executive Director’s Newsletter NAACP National News



NAACP Youth & College Division College Day 2008

Long Beach Branch NAACP College Day at California State University Long Beach: Jefferson Leadership Academy, teacher, Milo Meeks and students were greeted by CSULB, President, Dr. F. King Alexander and Vice President, Dr. Douglas Robinson

The Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics
ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the NAACP. Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett, ACTSO provides a forum through which African-American youth demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes. ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The program is supported by the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; serving as mentors and coaches they help stimulate academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts. This fall and winter, prospective students will be teamed up with coaches in their appropriate categories in order to sharpen their skills for the spring local competition. The gold medal winners of each category traditionally compete at the national convention, but because of the program’s 30th Anniversary, it’s taking place in Orlando, FL at Walt Disney World. For more information on how you can get involved in this youth service program or to receive an application packet, please contact us by writing to the Long Beach Branch NACCP, ACT-SO Committee, and P.O. Box 1594, Long Beach, CA 90801 or

CSULB, President Dr. F. King Alexander speaks to NAACP scholars about college admission.

2008 Team-Orlando, FL Brandon Jenkins, Photography Stephen Harbor, Drawing Cheyenne Sumier, Painting Emily Pearson, Entrepreneurship Tammy Patterson, Original Essay DeVanee Barron, Playwriting Krystal Brown, Poetry Josiah Favors, Dramatics Ashia Keyes, Dance Auriel Armstrong, MusicVocal Contemporary Jonathan Wiliams, Music Vocal Classical Marvin Brown-King, Music Instrumental Contemporary Marvin Brown-King, Music Instrumental Classical 2007 – Team-Detroit, MI Amber Hines – Architecture Loratious Presley IV – Physics / Poetry B’Jon Carter-Burnell – Dance Nicholas King – Instr. Music Classical Autumn Williams – Chemistry / Biology Bashir Hassan – Oratory Auriel Armstrong – Playwriting Siedah Dinkins – Vocal Classical E’mon White – Dramatics / Vocal Contemporary Brandon Jenkins – Photography Dora Duru – Original Essay Joseph Adams – Entrepreneurship 2006 Team – Washington D.C. E’mon White Marissa Ford Bashir Hassan Loratious Presley IV Autumn Williams Siedah Dinkins Kevin Patton Amber Hines Stevie Beavers 2005 Team – Milwaukee, WI Autumn Williams Diamond Killion Jonea Hammond Tiffany Boyd Ajai Spellman LeLand Walters 2004 Team – Philadelphia, PA La’Mon Heads Elijah Bowdre Anthony Ingram Camari Carter Lisa Johnson Otto Ehling Terrance Taylor

Leadership Academy
he Long Beach Branch NAACP is conducting a Youth Leadership Program. The purpose of this program is to unite and provide leadership training for Long Beach inner city youth. These youth vary in their economic backgrounds, academic achievement levels, racial and ethnic backgrounds. A major objective of the academy is for the participants to realize they have the potential to become leaders. This is taught during a four week program utilizing the following components: • Gain valuable work experience • Develop leadership skills • Give back to the community • Participate in multi ethnic team building • Personal responsibility • Education and career paths 2008 Long Beach Branch NAACP Youth Leadership Program Supporters: City of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; F. King Alexander, President of CSULB; Doug Robinson,Vice President of CSULB;The Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Aquarium of the Pacific; National and California State Conference NAACP.


Scholarship: Long Beach NAACP
he Long Beach Branch NAACP is in its eighth year of awarding scholarships for college bound minority high school students, and continuing support for past recipients. In addition, Stay in School and Scholar dollars are also awarded. The branch has awarded over 300 scholarships and scholar dollar awards over the last seven years, a total of over $85,000.00 in scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected through the review of several components, such as comprehensive applications, an essay, community service, financial need, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and letters of recommendation. Renewal scholarships are awarded to continuing NAACP college scholars. Stay in School/Scholar Dollars will be awarded to NAACP Youth Members and NAACP Scholars. Students who provide special services to the community in civil rights, the promotion of harmony among the various ethnic groups, unique talents and extraordinary accomplishments for their age can apply. The Long Beach Branch is also accepting donations and private scholarships. To establish a scholarship or make a donation contact (562)856-7586 or email, or make donations directly to LB Branch NAACP Scholarship Fund PO Box 1594 Long Beach, CA 90801.


Aquarium of the Pacific
Dia del Nino

Children’s Day Festival
Emily Brooke Pearson received the 2008 Young Hero Award at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Dia del Nino Festival. Emily is dedicated to helping people with disabilities and seniors through Friends into Saving Health (FISH), an organization she created and founded after facing challenging times when a close family member became disabled. She is actively involved with the Long Beach Branch NAACP Youth Council and recently received a NAACP award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service

Brandon Jenkins, ACT-SO Gold medalist in photography, showcases his work.

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Long Beach NAACP Law Day Program in
The Long Beach Branch NAACP 5 th Annual Law Day Program in conjunction with the law firm of Keesal, Young and Logan. Lawyers have always been an instrument of social change since the founding of our great country. When one looks into the halls of Congress, one will find many lawyers. Two of the three presidential candidates for the 2008 election are lawyers. Businesses cannot organize or function without legal contracts formulated by lawyers. Finally, the nine men and women Justices who sit on the United States Supreme Court protect our rights as Americans. All of them were practicing attorneys. Lawyers influence our economic, political and social systems for the betterment of all. When one feels that his or her rights have been ignored, one consults a lawyer. When laws are written, attorneys are consulted to ensure that they are fair and precise. When someone is hurt by a person, company or faulty product, a lawyer will go to court to protect the rights of that individual. To become an attorney is to become a social engineer. Being a lawyer is great and noble profession. Since its founding, in 1909, the NAACP has forged dramatic social and political changes in the lives of countless Americans. During this struggle, the NAACP has made good on a promise made over 240 years ago that all men and women are created equal. To ensure that every American has a right to pursue his or her own vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, famed NAACP lawyers such as Thurgood Marshall and Charles Houston stepped forward to challenge conventional thought and to make democracy a reality for all. Mr. Marshall later became the first African American man to sit on the Supreme Court and served for over 20 years. Countless volunteer hours went into the planning and coordination of this event. I want to extend a special thanks to Scott Hinsche, Esq., Harry Weed, Esq., and every lawyer and judge who came to support the program.

John C. Lawson, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner, Long Beach Courthouse center with CSULB students at the Law Day Program.

NAACP Careers: Law Day


his year’s program was held Thursday May 1, 2008 from 6 - 8 PM at the law firm of Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate, Long Beach, CA 90801. Law Day was created in the late 1950s by the American Bar Association to draw attention to both the principles and practice of law and justice. Over 120 students from Jefferson Middle School, Renaissance High School, Cabrillo High School, and California State University Long Beach attended. The purpose of the Long Beach Branch NAACP Law Day program is to introduce minority student to law as a career. The program includes visitation to the law offices of Keesal, Young and Logan, mentoring by lawyers, panel discussions and one-on-one with the following judges and lawyers: Montgomery Cole, Madden Jones, Cole & Johnson, Scott Hinsche, Keesal, Young and Logan, Harry Weed, Legal Redress & Law Day Chair, Long Beach Branch NAACP, Manuel Almada, Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Long Beach, Christy Jee, City of Long Beach, Deputy City Prosecutor, Tom Reeves, Prosecutor, City of Long Beach, Michele A. Wilson, Law Offices of Michele A. Wilson, Todd Hicks, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Major Crimes Division, Evelyn Kristensen, Keesal, Young and Logan, Judge Kevin Filer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Compton Courthouse, retired juvenile judge, Marcus Tucker, Commissioner John C. Lawson, Los Angeles Superior Court, City of Long Beach, Matthew Kinley, Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle, Gerrie Schipskie, 5th District Councilwoman, City of Long Beach, Steven Lever, The Law Offices of Steven Lever, Gail Butler, Executive Director of MADD, Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach, Harbor Commission President & Legal Council for Safeco Insurance, Jack Fuller, Law Office of Jack Fuller, Daniel Lowenthal, Los Angeles Superior Court, Downey Courthouse, and Mark Wilson, Mark Wilson & Associates.

Attorneys Pam Swindel, Montgomery Cole, and Michele A. Wilson at the 2008 Law Day Program.

Judge Kelvin Filer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Compton Courthouse with Law Day mentee Auriel Portley.

Annual Law Day Set at Local Firm
The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP and the Law firm of Keesal, Young and Logan are hosting their annual Law Day program Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. Law Day was created be the American Bar Association to draw attention to the principles and practice of law and justice. The purpose is to introduce minority students to law as a career. This year’s program is Thursday at the Law Firm of Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate, Long Beach. For more information, contact Naomi Rainey at 562856-7586 or via e-mail at

Students meet judges, lawyers and prosecutors at the law firm of Keesal, Young and Logan during the fifth annual Long Beach Branch of the NAACP’s Law Day Program. Students were able to ask members of the legal profession about jobs and the educational path they took to begin their careers.
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