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OJB NEWSMGAZINE

“M A K I NG A D I F F E R E N C E ” VOLUME IV, ISSUE I, APRIL‘09

OSCAR JOEL BRYANT FOUNDATION

www.OJBFOUNDATION.COM ...email: ojbfoundation@yahoo.com


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Table of Contents:

Page 3-5 President’s Message -”What Is OJB Doing?”


Page 6-19 A Celebration of Life “Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner”
Page 20-24 OJB Pays Tribute to LAPD’s Black History
Page 25-26 Minister of Truth “A Wake Up Call for Black America”
Page 27-28 OJB’s Tribute to Our 1st African American 44th President
Page 29 LAPD: Sworn Personnel by Rank & Ethnicity
Page 30 2009-2010 Board Members
Page 31 OJB Black History Challenge “Be Black History Smart”
Page 32 Know Your Vocabulary
Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation
Page 33 The History of The Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation
1968 W. Adams Blvd.
Page 34-38 Thank You Letters Received by OJB Los Angeles, CA 90018
Page 39 Why We Should All Be A Member of The Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation Website:
WWW.OJBFOUNDATION.COM
Page 40-41 OJB Supports Jack Weiss for our Next City Attorney
Email:
Page 42-43 The Destiny of an Alliance that History Forged OJBFOUNDATION@YAHOO.COM
Mr. Guy Patrice Lumumba and his Visit to Los Angeles (310) 608-2599 Phone
Page 44-45 OJB Celebrates Martin Luther King Day 02-19-09 (310) 608-2566 Fax

Meet the Board of Directors


Ronnie Cato
President —213-485-7336
James Edwards
1st Vice President—213-922-8271
Mark Tappan
2nd Vice President— 213-479-1234 Directors At Large
Sharon Green De Shon Andrews
rd
3 Vice President— 213-473-4822 310-864-3473 EDITORIAL STAFF
Debra Avery Johnny Baltazar
Secretary —213-485-2613 Editor-in-Chief:
818-674-0037
Sabrina Williams Ronnie Cato
Assistant Secretary— 213-485-7336 Angie McGee
Design & Production:
Jerome Calhoun 213-709-0867
Treasurer— 323—371-9855 Elaine Cato
Peter Whittingham
Brian Brown Proofreaders:
213-485-2581
Parliamentarian—213-485-7336
Mark Tappan
Janette Logan
Historian—213-473-4822 Peter Whittingham
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member to encourage our members to


complete their formal education and enable
What is OJB Doing? them to compete in the promotion process

The below list of activities highlight some of


the many activities/accomplishments that
OJB has achieved this year. If you are not
a member of OJB, it is our hope that the
below list of activities / accomplishments
will inspire you to join this progressive

T
Organization.

he Organization continues to meet June 15, 2008


with Department and City officials to discuss James Edwards, 1st Vice President of OJB
the disparity of treatment and to reduce the attended the funeral services of our
equality gaps that minorities are faced with beloved brother Thomas Felix in Las
every day in this Department. We meet with Vegas, Nevada. OJB also sent flowers and
community organizations to collaborate our our love to the Felix family. Brother Felix
efforts to address community problems and will be missed.
needs. We participate in recruiting African
Americans into the Department, and we
support political candidates who are July 24, 2008
committed to build coalitions to include
OJB attended the funeral services of our
minorities in the decision making positions
beloved brother Ed Burns. OJB supported
within the City and the Department.
our beloved brother by financing the
programs provided for the guests at the
We pay tuition twice a year for our members service. Baby Burns will be missed.
to receive training any where in the United
States or even out of the country, if they
August 14, 2008
desire. We pay attorney consultation fees
or a portion of the legal cost / fees for our OJB assisted in hosting a block party with
members when they initiate law suits the residents of Carson for “Jersey”, a
against the Department for discrimination or wonderful young child with leukemia. The
unfair treatment in the work place. We neighborhood was turned into a carnival
support children in the community by giving atmosphere with food and music from block
scholarships each year along with to block.
scholarships for the children of our own
members. We provide up to $500.00 a year (Continued on page 4)
for college tuition reimbursement for each
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(Continued from page 3) in the Park” organized by OSB, this was the
brain child of the late Deputy Chief Kenneth
August 15, 2008
Garner. The event supported over 200
OJB supported an event for the Explorers youths by allowing the children to watch
sponsored by Office of Operations. This movies in their local park. They enjoyed
event was the brain child of Assistant Chief popcorn and candy as part of their treat.
Earl Paysinger. The event supported over
1500 youths encouraging them to consider
law enforcement as a career. October 26, 2008
OJB along with ABLE sponsored a
leadership training seminar. Franklin Covey
Leadership Group, who is considered the
August 17-24, 2008 world‟s leading leadership training
Sharon Green, 3RD Vice President of OJB institution , was hired to provide the training.
and Janette Logan, OJB Historian attended The members that attended the training
the 36th Annual NBPA National Education received some of the best leadership
and Training Conference in St. Louis, training in the world.
Missouri.

November 5-9, 2008


September 4, 2008 OJB hosted the NBPA Western Region Fall
OJB supported FAME Church with their Education & Training Conference at the
back to school event. OJB provided $1,000 Radisson, LAX 6225 W. Century Bl. Three
worth of paper and supplies to the children days of outstanding training was provided by
returning to school. some of the greatest instructors in the
country.

September 10, 2008


OJB supported the Ebony Reunion Bar-Be-
Que held at Kenneth Hahn Park. The November 10, 2008
Ebony Reunion Bar-Be-Que is held annually OJB supported and sponsored a Toast
to reunite retired African American LAPD Masters open house at the media room, 3rd
officers for a day of fun and reminiscing of floor, Communications Building to
past experiences. encourage Department employees to learn
more about developing speaking skills.

October 21, 2008


OJB supported and helped sponsor „Movies (Continued on page 5)
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November 21, 2008 January 20, 2009


OJB supported the Explorer Program OJB participated by marching in the Martin
breakfast at USC. The explorers were Luther King Parade. The community came
invited to work with the command staff alive with pride watching African American
officers for a day. This was the brainchild officers marching down the street and
of Assistant Chief Earl E. Paysinger. looking good in their class “A” uniforms.
The community applauded and cheered
with love, it was a sight to see.
December 7, 2008
OJB attended and supported the Randal
February 19, 20, 21, 2009
D. Simmons Outreach Foundation annual
Legacy of Love Program held at the Trump The Board of OJB attended a leadership
National Golf Club in Rancho Palos retreat in Las Vegas to focus on future
Verdes. This was a worthwhile event. goals and objectives to improve the
organization.

December 6, 2008
March 18, 2009
OJB supported the Angel Tree Prison
Ministry by purchasing Christmas gifts for OJB made a donation to Helping Hands.
children who has parents incarcerated in Helping Hands was founded by female
the prison institution police personnel and a school educator.
They knew that there had to be more to life
than just arresting people and passing
December 18, 2008 students to the next grade regardless if
OJB sponsored the Audubon Junior High they were adequately prepared. They give
School Boot Camp by purchasing uniforms numerous donations and work on alcohol
for the students. OJB adopted Audubon and drug recovery.
Middle School, which is located in
Southwest Area. OJB is committed to help
April 9, 2009
improve the lives of the Audubon students.
OJB met with other employee groups on
the steps of City Hall to give our support to
January 20, 2009 Councilman Jack Weiss for City Attorney of
Los Angeles. OJB believes that Mr. Weiss
OJB supported the MLK Leadership
has the right combination of experience as
breakfast at USC held by Chief Bratton.
a former prosecutor and City Councilman to
The community and community leaders be the next city attorney of Los Angeles.
were all invited to kick off the MLK parade. ~~~
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Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner


My LAPD Mentor
By Lieutenant II, Chris Waters

assigned to Operations-South Bureau he asked


A son, me if I would be willing to go with him. I
brother, said, “Sure.” He said, “I knew you had my
father, back.” I cannot express what an honor and
friend, frat- privilege it was. We both had been raised in
brother, South Bureau and had family ties and
partner, boss, mentor, humanitarian and leader, community connections, it went without
these are the words used to describe my saying that we were going home. Chief
“Department Dad” Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner would go to various community
Garner. Chief Garner selected me as his meetings whether with gang interventionists
Adjutant at Operations-West Bureau in July or the media and always was able to connect
2007, soon after being promoted to the position with his audience somehow.
of Deputy Chief. I remember like it was He was a dynamic speaker and never
yesterday when Chief Garner called and offered appeared to be nervous. I would ask, how do
me the position of Adjutant. I was so excited I you know what to say when you don’t even
squealed on the phone. He started laughing and know what will be asked? He would say,
said, “Well be prepared to work.” And work we “Always prepare yourself. Know your
did. He was very focused, firm and demanding. audience. Know your crime information, and
He wanted what he wanted when he wanted it, know yourself. Listen carefully to what’s
but you were always willing to make it happen being said because a lot of times the speaker
because you saw how passionate and dedicated . does not listen. They just want to be heard.
he truly was about the mission and how he Make sure your audience knows that you are
himself led from the front. paying attention and address their concerns as
An avid Laker fan, Chief Garner utilized soon as possible if you don’t have the answer
the “triangle” in police work: crime reduction, right then.” He said, if you get the
the officers and the community. He would say opportunity, join a Toastmasters club (which I
you need all three working for you and you did) to help you with public speaking.
working for them in order to be truly successful. He was very concerned and sincere
I was so blessed to have the opportunity to see about the various issues facing the
such a great man put his wisdom, expertise and Department as well as the community, but
compassion to work everyday and enjoy it. He even more so with issues and personnel within
would come to work with the intent to make a his Bureau. He had an open door policy and
difference and have fun doing it. was always willing to help anyone when
When he was notified that he might be asked. He always asked for the names and
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Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner


My LAPD Mentor
(Continued from page 7)
contact numbers of employees that were injured A true leader, giant, gentleman and
or sick within his Bureau and would personally friend, we have truly suffered a huge loss to our
give them a call or visit. Department, community and organization. One
who was not afraid to stand in the midst of
Everyday was a new lesson with Chief adversity, he believed that one should stand up
Garner. He always reached back to help others for what is right even if it is not popular to do
and provided opportunities for those who were so. He was always willing to share and care.
willing to seriously work. He was not afraid to OJB was a part of his heart and whenever asked
think outside the box. He had such vision. I to speak or participate at a function, he was
remember when he was discussing the Parolee Re there no matter how many were in attendance.
-Entry Program with Commander Jackson, He provided insight and care to all of us,
myself and others. By the time he finished we working feverishly behind the scenes to help
were all excited. Chief Garner then set it in others achieve. So many of us came to him with
motion by saying, “Let’s funk this thing.” We some skills and positive attributes, but once we
were all on fire and have been ever since. were under his wing, Chief Garner encouraged
Although, Kenneth Garner was a Deputy and supported us, built our confidence, made us
Chief he was very humble. There was nothing stronger, wiser and better.
too big or small that he would not do if he saw it Thank you and may God bless and keep
needed to be done. One day we were coming back you, our beloved Deputy Chief Garner, until we
to OSB and the 77th front desk was quite busy. meet again.
Chief went back behind the desk and began
helping out the desk officers. It’s so funny Deputy Chief Garner was always
because he never forgot who he was and would reading and forwarding articles, emails or books
always advise that was very important in of encouragement to make life better for us and
everyday living. others. Attached is an email I received from
him that I think would benefit us all.
Chief Garner’s main message was that we
had an expectation and obligation to be the best Enjoy!
we could be at all times and groom and help KG
others. We have a duty to give back and share
our knowledge and ourselves. GREAT RECIPE
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every
He was a true family man devoted to his day. And while you walk, smile. It is
Mom, Dad and daughter, Lauren. He would say the ultimate anti-depressant.
he was going to get away with his family for a few 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each
days. He would have to be reminded to vacate day. Talk to God about what is going
while on vacation and not to worry about the on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.
Bureau. He was getting better at this.
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Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner


My LAPD Mentor

(Continued from page 8)


3. When you wake up in the morning complete 19. GOD heals everything - but you have to
the following statement: 'My purpose is ask and believe.
to__________ today. I am thankful 20. However good or bad a situation is, it
for______________. will change.
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and 21. Your job won't take care of you when
plants and eat less food that is you are in need. Your friends will. Stay
manufactured in plants. in touch!!!
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat 22. Envy is a waste of time. You already
blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , have all you need.
almonds & walnuts. 23. Each night before you go to bed
6. Try to make at least three people smile each complete the following statements: I am
day. thankful for __________. Today I
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, accomplished _________.
energy vampires, issues of the past, negative 24. Remember that you are too blessed to be
thoughts or things you cannot stressed.
control. Instead invest your energy in the 25. When you are feeling down, start listing
positive present moment. your many blessings. You'll be smiling
8. Eat breakfast like a king/queen, lunch like a before you know it.~~~
prince/princess and dinner like a pauper.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating
anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one
else does.
12. You are not so important that you have to
win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil
the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others. You have
no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except
you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these
words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of
your business.
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OJB Pays Tribute to LAPD’s Black History

LAPD’s Black history was first truly captured by our beloved brother Homer F. Broome Jr. who
passed away 2007. The Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation has contracted with the honorable Firpo W.
Carr, Ph.D. as a Black history researcher to continue in the footsteps of our dearly departed
brother Broome to record the Black History of LAPD today, 2009 and the future. In this issue, he
has interviewed the first African American Chief of Police Willie Williams, Second, African
American Chief Bernard C. Parks and one of five African American Female Captains, Tia
Morris .~~~

Dr. Firpo Carr, Ph.D. is an Educator, biblical scholar and the


author of several books. Dr Carr is well traveled, and has
carefully studied ancient languages around the world. He is
the perfect man for the job!
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WILLIE L. WILLIAMS
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CHIEF OF POLICE
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

W illie L. Williams is best known in his roles of Chief


of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and
Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. At the
LAPD he was the top executive of an organization with 12,800
employees and an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion. During
his five-year tenure the LAPD developed its first strategic
business plan, instituted community policing and created a diverse work force which led to a
restoration of public confidence in the Department. During that time, Mr. Williams also served as
Chairman of the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Board, which oversaw the continued
development and implementation of the City’s emergency operations and disaster recovery program.
In Philadelphia, his innovative community policing efforts allowed Williams to rise through the ranks
from patrolman to Deputy Police Commissioner and eventually Police Commissioner during his 24-
year career with the Department.
Immediately after leaving high profile positions as the Chief of Police of the Los Angeles
Police Department and Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, Mr. Williams
operated a strategic business planning and law enforcement management consulting firm, Willie L.
Williams & Associates, that assisted both private and public organizations in the public safety and
private security arenas.
Williams served as the ranking Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authority at
Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta Georgia, between March 2002 and July
2008. Since then he has served as the TSA National Law Enforcement Coordinator. Willie L.
Williams provided operational leadership for all Federal security responsibilities at the world’s
busiest airport. Beginning in March 2002, he spearheaded the transition of security functions from
private entities and the Federal Aviation Administration to the TSA while implementing
congressionally mandated changes to the aviation security system. Mr. Williams was one of the first
Federal Security Directors named by Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and brings over 30
years of law enforcement experience to the position.
Prior to joining TSA in 2002, Mr. Williams served as Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer of the Dallas-based Argus Services Corporation, a medical management and consulting
company.
He graduated from the FBI’s National Executive Institute and attended Harvard University’s
Kennedy School of Government Management Development Course and Eckerd College’s Center for
Creative Leadership.
Williams is the author of Taking Back Our Streets – Fighting Crime in America (1996), as well as
numerous law enforcement publications and has received many national honors, including the
William French Smith Award for Community Service from the U.S. Attorney General, the Whitney
M. Young Award from the National Urban League and Lloyd Sealy Award for Excellence in Law
Enforcement by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. ~~~
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BERNARD C. PARKS
SECOND AFRICAN AMERICAN CHIEF OF POLICE
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

B ernard C. Parks was only the second African


American Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department.
His tenure followed that of the first African American Chief of Police in the history
of the LAPD, Willie L. Williams. Parks spent 38 years as a police officer with the
Department. Beginning his career at a time when patrol cars were just recently
integrated he rose through the ranks of one of the nation’s largest municipal law
enforcement agencies to become Chief of Police in 1997.

Park’s became a sworn officer in 1965. After being sworn in as an officer


Parks would be subsequently promoted in three four-year increments. After
becoming a police officer in 1965 he made sergeant in 1969. Four years later, in
1973, he made lieutenant. In yet another four years—1977—he made captain.
Then in 1980 he was promoted to commander. Taking him twice as long as
normal, it would be a full eight years before he made deputy chief in 1988. It was
at that time that he reverted to his four-year pattern of promotion. So, in 1992 he
promoted to assistant chief. Then in three years, in 1977, he attained the rank of
Chief of Police, and served the people of the City of Los Angeles in that capacity for
five years.

As Chief, Parks implemented some of the most rigorous police reforms ever
proposed in the Department’s history, including the institution of an Officer
Accountability Policy. He also made it easier for the community to file complaints
against problem officers by streamlining the Citizen Complaint System. Under
Parks, the City of Los Angeles saw homicides fall by 45%, rape assaults drop by
nearly 20%, and robberies decline by over 45%.
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After leaving law enforcement Parks ran for city council and won in 2003.
In his more that 40 years as a public servant, Parks has remained closely tied
to his community. Aside from patrolling L.A.’s street as a young officer, Parks
dedicated many volunteer years to youth activities in the district. He coached
Baldwin Hills Youth Football for 10 years and mentored the likes of National
Football League Hall-of-Famer Warren Moon and many other kids who grew to
become successful community and business leaders. During his Hall-of-Fame
induction speech, Moon described Parks as ―a guy who instilled values in me at
a very young age, showed me discipline and taught me hard work and
dedication‖. Parks and his wife, Bobbie, are involved in numerous community
groups, such as: the Challengers Boys & Girls Club, the Los Angeles Urban
League and the Brotherhood Crusade. He is also a life-time member of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Recognized as a longtime voice for minority communities, in 2006 Parks’
footprints were added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta,
Ga.

Bernard C. Parks received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pepperdine


University and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of
Southern California (USC). He and Bobbie have been married for 40 years and
are the proud parents of four children: Felicia, Michelle, Trudy and Bernard, Jr.
The 8th Council District includes the communities of Baldwin Hills, Crenshaw,
Leimert Park, West Adams, Jefferson Park, Chesterfield
Square and other areas of South Los Angeles. ~~~
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TIA MORRIS
ONE OF FIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN CAPTAINS
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

C aptain Morris is one of five African American captains


on the Los Angeles Police Department. She was born in
Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1958 and moved to California in
November of 1970 at the age of 12. Tia grew up in the Ladera
Heights section of Los Angeles reared by a single mother
(Father deceased). Tia attended Orville Wright Junior High, Westchester High, and Cal
State University Los Angeles. Tia joined the Los Angeles Police Department in January
of 1981, was promoted to Detective in August of 1990, Sergeant in August of 1993,
Lieutenant in July 2003, and Captain in October 2008. As an officer, Tia’s
assignments have included North Hollywood Area Patrol, Jail Division, West Los
Angeles Patrol, Central Traffic Division, Traffic Coordination Section and Juvenile
Division. As a Detective Tia worked Juvenile Division, Internal Affairs Division and
Central Traffic Division Detectives. As a Sergeant, Tia worked Newton Patrol Division
and Foothill Patrol Division. As a Lieutenant, Tia’s assignments were in Central Patrol
Division, Mission Area Detectives, Internal Affairs Division and Robbery Homicide
Division. Upon her promotion to Captain, she was assigned to Southwest Area Patrol.
As the Patrol Captain at Southwest, Captain Morris will oversee a command of sworn
and civilian personnel who are responsible for Patrol functions in an area of South Los
Angeles which includes historic venues such as the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Sports
Arena, Shrine Auditorium, the University of Southern California, and Baldwin Hills
Shopping Areas.

Captain Morris is a resident of Quartz Hill, California, where she lives with her
husband of 26 years, Detective III PJ Morris, Northeast Area Homicide
Coordinator, and adult daughter Los Angeles Police Officer and San Jose State
University Alum Brittany Morris of West Los Angeles Division. Tia also has another
adult daughter Natalia Sheree Morris, an aspiring filmmaker and senior at California
State University Northridge. Tia attends the First African Methodist Episcopal Church
located in the Southwest Area of Los Angeles where she has been a faithful member
since 1985. Tia’s support for her community was evidenced by her participation as
assistant coach and team mom in youth co-ed and girls’ basketball leagues in the San
Fernando Valley for many years, and as a member of the San Jose State University
Booster’s Association. In September 2005, Tia produced a student film written and
directed by her daughter Natalia, which highlighted Domestic Violence involving teens
based on a true story. Tia is a certified State Advocate for Victims of Domestic
Violence and has used her film to raise money for a selected women’s shelter in the
San Fernando Valley. The educational version of her film is featured as part of the
curriculum in the Department’s 10 week Dart Program. Tia is a breast cancer
survivor, who continues to support the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society
with charitable giving annually. ~~~
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A Wake Up Call
for Black
America
dollars during Christmas, out of their 450
billion dollars in total yearly income
(2.22%).
Dee Lee a Harvard Financial Educator was
reading this one morning on a New York Any of us can use them as our target market,
radio station. For those of you who didn't for any business venture we care to dream
hear it, this is very deep. This is a heavy up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy
piece written by a Caucasian about African into it. Being primarily a consumer people,
Americans they function totally by greed. They
continually want more, with little thought
Dee Lee, CFP for saving or investing. They would rather
buy some new sneaker than invest or start a
Harvard Financial Educators business. Some even neglect their children
THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES we can to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, and
continue to reap profits from the Blacks they still think that having a Mercedes, and
without the effort of physical slavery. Look a big house gives them "Status" or that they
at the current methods of containment that have achieved their
they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, Dream...
GREED, and SELFISHNESS.
“Their
IGNORANCE is the They are
Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon fools! The
of containment. A great man once said, "The primary weapon of vast
best way to hide something from Black containment...” majority of
people is to put it in a book." We now live in their people
the Information Age. They have gained the are still in
opportunity to read any book on any subject poverty because
through the efforts of their fight for freedom, their greed holds them
yet they refuse to read. There are numerous back from collectively making better
books readily available at Borders, Barnes & communities. With the help of BET, and
Noble, and Amazon.com, not to mention the rest of their black media that often
their own Black Bookstores that provide broadcast destructive images into their own
solid blueprints to reach economic equality homes, we will continue to see huge profits
(which should have been their fight all like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy
along), but few read consistently, if at all. Hilfiger has even jeered them, saying he
doesn't want their money, and look at how
GREED is another powerful weapon of the fools spend more with him than ever
containment. Blacks, since the abolition of before!). They'll continue to show off to each
slavery, have had large amounts of money at other while we build solid communities with
their disposal. Last year they spent 10 billion (Continued on page 26)
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practicing the principles of


the Nguzo Saba and Ma’at.
about what they will Nguzo Saba
do, while they award plaques
(Continued from page 25) to the best speakers, not to the 1.-Unity
best doers. Is there no end to 2.-Self determination
the profits from our businesses that their selfishness? They
we market to them. steadfastly refuse to see 3.-Collective work and
that TOGETHER EACH responsibility
SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their ACHIEVES MORE 4.-Coopertive economics
minds through slavery, is one of the (TEAM)
major ways we can continue to 5.-Purpose
contain them. One of their own, They do not understand 6.-Creativity
Dubois said that there was an innate that they are no better than 7.-Faith.
division in their culture. A each other because of what
"Talented Tenth" he called it. He they own, as a matter of
was correct in his deduction that fact, most of those Buppies Ma’at
there are segments of their culture are but one or two pay 1.-Truth
that has achieved some "form" of checks away from poverty.
success. All of which is under the 2.-Justice
control of our pens in our 3.-Order
However, that segment missed the offices and our rooms.
fullness of his work. They didn't 4.-Harmony
read that the Talented Tenth" was Yes, we will continue to 5.-Balance
then responsible to aid The Non- contain them as long as
Talented Ninety Percent in they refuse to read,
achieving a better life. Instead, that continue to buy anything “Their selfishness does
segment has created another class, a they want, and keep not allow them to be
Buppie class that looks down on thinking they are "helping" able to work together
their people or aids them in a their communities by on any project or
condescending manner. They will paying dues to endeavor of substance.”
never achieve what we have. Their organizations which do
selfishness does not allow them to little other than hold lavish
be able to work together on any conventions in our hotels.
project or endeavor of substance. By the way, don't worry 6.-
When they do get together, their about any of them reading Reciprocity
selfishness lets their egos get in the this letter, remember,
way of their goal. Their so-called 'THEY DON'T READ!!!! 7.-Righteousness.
help organization seem to only want How do you feel after
to promote their name without reading how so many of our The OJB Foundation has
making any real change in their counterparts feel about us. been trying to get many of
community. We as African Americans you to practice these
can change this perception methods for years. Start
They are content to sit in conferences by internalizing and today! ~~~
and conventions in our hotels, and talk
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next president a 47-

B
year-old, one-term
U.S. senator born of a
Kenyan father and
Kansan mother. He is
arack the first president
Hussein Obama elected from Chicago
ran an amazing and the first to rise
campaign that from a career in
proved his ability Illinois politics since
to accomplish what Abraham Lincoln
some said would be emerged from frontier
an impossible goal. obscurity to lead the
Obama nation through the
exhibited intense Civil War and the
focus and steadfast abolition of slavery.
determination and ~~~
are a true inspiration to all. dream. Obama's
Barack Obama was elected Inauguration took place in
president on Nov. 4, 2008, Washington, D.C. on Jan.
becoming the first African- 20, 2009.
American to claim the
highest office in the land, A nation that in living
an improbable candidate memory struggled
violently over racial
equality will have as its
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Los Angeles Police Department


pPage 29
Sworn Personnel by Rank & Ethnicity
January 2009

American
RANK Black Hispanic Asian Caucasian Filipino Total
Indian

CHIEF 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

ASSISTANT CHIEF 1 0 0 2 0 0 3

DEPUTY CHIEF 0 3 1 5 0 0 9
COMMANDER 4 2 0 11 0 0 17
CAPTAIN III 7 4 1 28 0 0 40
CAPTAIN II 3 2 1 8 0 0 14
CAPTAIN I 7 7 1 9 0 0 24
LIEUTENANT II 22 37 8 104 0 0 171
LIEUTENANT I 11 31 7 59 0 0 108
SERGEANT II 85 135 28 225 3 2 478
SERGEANT I 115 198 41 330 6 3 693
DETECTIVE III 62 118 13 179 0 2 374

DETECTIVE II 104 241 45 272 3 10 675

DETECTIVE I 73 279 55 275 5 10 687

POLICE OFFICER III 284 887 155 772 7 54 2,159

POLICE OFFICER II 339 1,620 239 1,194 17 84 3,496

POLICE OFFICER I 71 504 66 243 3 24 912

TOTAL 1,188 4,068 661 3,707 44 189 9,861


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OJB NEWSMGAZINE

Board Members
2009—2010

Ronnie Cato
President

James Edwards
1st Vice President

Mark Tappan
2nd Vice President

Sharon Green
3rd Vice President

Debra Avery
Secretary

Sabrina Williams
Assistant Secretary

Jerome Calhoun
Treasurer

Brian Brown
Janette Logan
Parliamentarian
Historian

Johnny Baltazar
Director at Large

DeShone Andrews
Angie McGee Director at Large Peter Whittingham,
Director at Large Director at Large
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Black History: Challenge Your Knowledge of African American


Heritage and “Be Black History Smart!”

1) Question: Born August 4, 1961


is the 44th and current President of
the United States. He is the
first African American to hold this
office.
Answer: President Barack Hussein
Answer: : Barack Hussein Obama Obama II
II

7) Question: Who won a Grammy


2) Question: What Law school and Award in 2006 for Best Spoken
university did Obama graduate and Word Recording.
attend? 8) Question: Who is the
Answer: Barack Hussein Obama. It
Answer: President Obama was a was for the audio version of his older man in the above pic-
graduate of Columbia University book Dreams From My Father. ture?
and Harvard Law School.
Answer: Barack Hussein
8) Question: Who are the two people Obama Sr. The President’s
3) Question: Who was Harvard in the picture: father.
Law School first African American
President for the review?
Answer: Barack Hussein Obama II President Barack
Hussein Obama, Jr.
44th U.S. President,
1st African American
4) Question: When did Obama U.S. President
launched a bid for president of the
U.S.?
Answer: In early 2007 and
competed in a close contest in
the 2008 Democratic Party
presidential
primaries against Hillary R. Clinton Answer: Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-
1995), known as Ann, came from an
5) Question: Who is the Caucasian old American family. President
gentlemen sitting next to the African Obama’s mother.
American boy in the picture to the
right?
Answer: Barack Hussein Obama’s
grand father, Stanley Dunham II.

6) Question: What famous


signature is listed in the next
Barack and Michelle
column? Obama on their wedding
day, October 18,
1992
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KNOW Y0UR VOCABULARY


11 Most Often Mispelled Misspelled Words in English
I have provided a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills. Here are the 11 of 100 words
most often misspelled ('misspell' is one of them). Each word has a mnemonic pill with it
and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the
orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching
By Elaine dictionaries by 50%.

acceptable
Several words made the list because of the suffix pronounced -êbl but sometimes
spelled -ible, sometimes -able. Just remember to accept any table offered to you
and you will spell this word OK.
a lot
Two words! Hopefully, you won't have to allot a lot of time to this problem.
apparent
A parent need not be apparent but "apparent" must pay the rent, so remember this
word always has the rent.
calendar
This word has an [e] between two [a]s. The last vowel is [a].
embarrass (ment)
their/they're/there

This one won't embarrass you if you remember it is large enough for a double [r]
They're all AND a double [s].
pronounced
the same but its/it's
spelled
differently. The apostrophe marks a contraction of "it is." Something that belongs to it is "its."
Possessive is
"their" and the misspell
contraction of
"they are" is What is more embarrassing than to misspell the name of the problem? Just
"they're." remember that it is mis + spell and that will spell you the worry about spelling
Everywhere "spell."
else, it is
"there personnel
Funny Story (passed along by Bill Rudersdorf): The assistant Vice-President of
Personnel notices that his superior, the VP himself, upon arriving at his desk in the
morning opens a small, locked box, smiles, and locks it back again. Some years
later when he advanced to that position (inheriting the key), he came to work early
one morning to be assured of privacy. Expectantly, he opened the box. In it was a
single piece of paper which said: "Two Ns, one L." ~~~
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officer named Charles P. Williams, had been killed


in the line of duty on January 13, 1923. Williams
laid in the grave yard for 75 years without a
headstone.)

It was in the spirit of honoring Officer Bryant’s


ultimate sacrifice, that encouraged a group of Black
officers, in September of 1968 to take a stand
against the racism and discrimination they faced in
the Los Angeles Police Department. The Black
officers took this stance by calling a meeting of all
Black officers to discuss and find resolutions for the
racism and discrimination that they faced within the
Department. From that historic meeting an
association was born, which later became the OJB
Foundation.
Why Is It Important To Belong To The Oscar
Joel Bryant Foundation?

The History of The Oscar History reveals that hiring, promotions, career
opportunities and discipline continue to show a
Joel Bryant Foundation pattern of disparity of treatment towards minority

It
employees. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure
that all members are treated fairly and protected
against any form of discrimination in the work
was May 13, 1968, when Officer Oscar place; to assist the members in promotions, career
Joel Bryant, working a one-person unit, responded advancement, career survival, financial security after
to a radio call of a robbery in progress. Being the retirement, provide scholarships to their children,
first officer to respond to the scene he requested and offer all members a pre-paid legal service. The
back up and then single-handedly confronted three Foundation’s goals do not stop within the
suspects. Without warning, one of the suspects Department. OJB continues to establish fellowships
drew a concealed weapon and fired upon Officer with the residential and business community, other
Bryant, fatally wounding him. Although Officer law enforcement associations, support local city
Bryant was mortally wounded he continued to youth activities and improve relationships between
exchange gunfire, preventing the escape of the three the Department’s African American personnel and
suspects and made their capture possible by the the African American community. In order to
responding officers. continue a progressive opposition against
discrimination and to foster a better relationship
with the community, all members of the
Bryant’s heroic effort was forever ingrained in the
Department are invited to join the crusade for
Los Angeles Police Department’s history and the
fairness and correctness by becoming a member of
Department has memorialized Officer Bryant as the
the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation. The OJB
first black officer killed in the line of duty. (Note:
Foundation has approximately 600 members and
Until 1998, it was believed that Officer Bryant was
continues to grow. ~ ~ ~
the first Black officer killed in the line of duty. This
was corrected after discovering that a Black LAPD
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Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation * 1968 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018 * (213) 608-2599
Fax: (213) 608-2566 Website: www.ojbfoundation.com
OJB NEWSMAGAZINE
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To: Potential OJB Member


From: The Board of Directors, OJB
Subject: Why We Should All Be a Member of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation

T he Board of Directors of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation would like to invite you
to join the Foundation and share in our vision to promote fairness and equality for all
Department employees. It is our belief that OJB promotes and advocates the best interest
for African American employees on this Department. We cannot achieve our full potential, in
the battle to promote fairness and equality for our members, without the full support of our
membership. Every minority group of employees on this Department has an organization
representing their interest. We as African American employees will continue to be left out of
the main stream unless we fully recognize the value of unity.

While the subject of racial insensitivity continues to be the primary barrier affecting the
progress of African American employees on this Department, it is not the only issue
confronting us at this time. We must work together to expose the obvious double standards
in the areas of discipline, recruitment, pay grade advancements, promotions, selections to
coveted positions and selections to specialized units. These are just a few of the areas in
which African American employees have experienced obvious double standards on this
Department. We must not forget about the other areas less likely to be detected because of
the way they are crafted behind the scene.

In our effort to revitalize the Foundation, we have embarked on an ambitious program to


provide training and support to our members in the areas of career advancement, oral
interview techniques, career survival, financial planning and legal support. We are
committed to do everything in our collective power to protect the rights of our members from
discrimination, racism, and other acts that violate our rights as employees. To be successful
in this endeavor, we need you to be a part of the team.

We will soon be announcing a time and date for our next general meeting where we will
further discuss the many issues affecting African American employees on this Department.
We will also use the meeting to discuss our short and long term goals for the Foundation.

We sincerely hope that you will join us by signing the membership application on the back of
this newsletter. This is the first step in forming a united effort to effectively utilize our
collective resources to make this Department a better place to work. In the mean time,
thank you in advance for your support of OJB, and if you need any additional information,
you may contact any of the Board members. ~ ~ ~
J ack Weiss was elected to the 5th District of the City
Council in June 2001 and reelected on March 8,
2005. The district includes parts of the San
Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles.

Much of Jack Weiss’ legislative program is dedicated to


improving the City’s ability to fight crime, prevent disasters
and respond to emergencies, particularly through improved
local homeland security. In 2002 he wrote ―Preparing Los
Angeles for Terrorism – A Ten-Point Plan‖ which is among
the most thorough assessments of local threat
preparedness in the nation. In 2002, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
selected him as the ―New Democrat of the Week‖ to recognize his leadership on
local security, and he was named one the ―100 New Democrats to Watch‖ in 2003.

A former federal prosecutor, Jack Weiss works to ensure that police policies and
practices reflect modern standards. As Chair of the Council’s Public Safety
Committee, he is leading the effort to grow the Los Angeles Police Department
(LAPD) to 10,000 officers and he strives to achieve meaningful police reform. He
has led the way to improve the use of DNA testing by LAPD to identify and
prosecute rapists. In 2005 he received the Humanitarian Award from the Los
Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, and the Los Angeles County
Sexual Assault Coordinating Council honored him for his work in 2003.

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The Destiny of an Alliance that History Forged


Mr. Guy Patrice Lumumba
and his Visit to Los
Angeles
by Nehanda Sankofa-Ra

Some of you may


remember when I was
installed as a Queen Mother
in Ghana and the beautiful
pictures that symbolized
that moment. Since then I
started a non-profit called
―Mothers for Africa‖ to help
my village. I became a radio
talk show host on an
internet radio station to help
raise funds for my village.
One of my most memorable interviews was with Guy Patrice Lumumba, the son
of a prominent slain Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC) Patrice Emery Lumumba. I met Mr. Lumumba during my radio talk
show in which I interviewed him about his run for Presidency of the DRC in
2006. Unfortunately, he did not obtain the presidency due to fraudulent politics
and voter suppression.
Mr. Lumumba came to Los Angeles to meet with a local talented artist
named Nigel Bins who is constructing a 61 ft amazing bronze statue in the
image of his slain father Patrice Lumumba.
Guy Lumumba is a humanitarian like his father and he would like to change
the political climate in the DRC. His visit to the United States has cemented
our relationship so I call this the destiny of an alliance that history forged. We
are now working together on humanitarian aid for the Congo and arranging
connections with business people who seek to start viable businesses to help
with the development of the Congo, which represents the mission statement of
Mothers for Africa.
This alliance has been forged because currently in the DRC there are over
two million orphaned children, over seven hundred thousand women and
children rape survivors and almost six million murdered since 1998 and
according to the latest estimates, fifteen hundred die each day making this one
of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. The rapes are horrendous
including unthinkable means of inserting knives inside of women causing most
of them to seek out reconstructive surgery. The rapes are done in front of the
entire village leaving them humiliated and often ostracized from their
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communities because of shame and the fear of AIDS. Some women walk over
twenty miles or up to three months just to get to a clinic and when they arrive the
clinics often do not have pain pills or even a band aid and the women have to wait
days or months to receive treatment.
Foreign companies are profiting from the unregulated mining and selling of
vast mineral deposits such as diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and coltan. The
DRC holds 80 percent of the world’s reserves of coltan, a heat-resistant mineral ore
widely used in cellular phones, laptop computers, video games, jet engines,
rockets, cutting tools, camera lenses, x-ray film, ink jet printers, hearing aids and
many other electronic devises. The ore derives its name from a contraction of
columbium-tantalite, the scientific nomenclature; because of this the DRC is the
richest country in the world with the poorest people.
Foreign multi-national corporations have benefited tremendously from the
exploitation of coltan in the DRC. The coltan is reportedly mined by rebels and
neighboring countries (Rwanda, Uganda & Burundi) and sold to foreign
corporations.
This exploitation of the DRC has fueled human trafficking, rape, death and
forced labor of innocent people in their own country, making this one of the
greatest genocides in modern history.
Please join us with this collective effort. My organization is sponsoring a
used clothing and cell phone drive. The cell phones are recycled for the coltan. We
plan to fill a container and have it shipped to the DRC. We also seek funds to help
with the shipping of this cargo, we really stress the funds because people have
mostly been donating clothes and we really need to be able to ship the clothes.
Contributions of one dollar, five dollars are more will go a long way. With any
leftover we plan to either build a medical clinic or donate money to an existing
clinic. A company has pledge to provide building supplies to construct our clinic.
I have worked for the City of Los Angeles for twenty years and I have always
enjoyed the benefits of serving the citizens of Los Angeles. I know in these financial
crises we face are future looks uncertain, but we shall prevail. If you cannot
provide a donation please visit our website to find out how you can help. Everyone
knows about blood diamonds, but everyone cannot afford them, however everyone
has excess to conflict coltan. I think we owe it to the Congolese people since it is
our unsuspecting use of everyday products that fuel this conflict. Thank you ―City
of Angels‖.
Clothing drop off locations: Sears’ Shoe Repair, 201 N. Los Angeles Street,
space 19, Los Angeles CA, 90012 located in the City Hall Mall. Leimert Village
Farmers Market, 43rd and Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90018 every Saturday
from 10 AM to 3 PM. Nia Educational Charter School, 119 West Palm Street,
Altadena California 91001, 626-798-7900. Please call first before you drop off
clothes to Lemeirt Park. Mother for Africa is a 501 (c). All donations are tax
deductible. ~~~
VOLUME IV, ISSUE I, APRIL‘09

Check one only: O New Member O Change address O Retiree O Other Non LAPD

OSCAR JOEL BRYANT FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


PLEASE PRINT:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
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I hereby apply for membership in the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation. I agree to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Foundation and
to promote the objectives of the Foundation, as long as my membership remains in effect .

Signature of Applicant_____________________________________ Date______________________

Please mail to the address listed below. An OJB Director will contact you with additional membership information .

Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation

1968 W. Adams Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018


(310) 608-2566 fax
OJB Website: www.ojbfoundation.com
E-mail: ojbfoundation@yahoo.com
*
(310) 608-2599