Be clean, press your clothes, treat people right

PaPa Courtny

The person in my family who inspired me in many ways is my grandfather, Eli “PaPa” Broussard. Born May 10, 1910, in Lafayette, Louisiana, he was one of nine children, a Christian. I remember my PaPa walking through his house, sitting on his porch, at the grocery store, driving his ’64 Chevy Impala or working […]

I didn’t want to be hated like that

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I was about 10 years old when I picked up a Jet Magazine and saw the face of Emmett Till on the cover.   This little magazine type-booklet was a source of news and entertainment for the black communities. It covered everything from politics to show business. The picture showed Emmett Till’s face twisted and distorted, beaten […]

Thanksgiving, divided

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Thanksgiving in Sacramento, where the big public holiday event is a run to feed hungry people. This year, amid the charitable footsteps and donated turkey dinners, arrives the sad and hollow reality of a nation divided once more by racial inequality, the uneven rule of law and the arbitrary deliverance of justice. Sacramento Voices are […]

No Justice for Ferguson

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On Monday, November 24, 2014, the world awaited the outcome of a grand jury hearing on the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot down by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson. The verdict of this hearing, which was held to determine whether Wilson would be indicted for the shooting, was that Wilson would […]