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Steven Lebowitz: 2014 Gala Honoree

In 1958, — after graduating from Fairfax High School — Steve Lebowitz enrolled at Los Angeles City College simply because it was what his friends were doing. With no real direction, he left for New York City in the middle of his second semester with dreams of making it big. Steve soon realized that he was not going to go anywhere or do anything without an education. After this realization, Steve returned to LACC, receiving an Associate of Arts...

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Dr. Lula Ballton: 2014 Gala Honoree

Dr. Lula Ballton arrived in Los Angeles the day the Watts riots broke out in 1965. During her time as a student at LACC, she was exposed to an “incredible delicious and delightful mix of people” like she never had seen before, even though she had moved 15 times before she was 18 years old. She loved the energy on campus and was especially grateful for the high level of education she received. Lula graduated from LACC in 1967...

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David and Merryl Alpert: 2014 Gala Honorees

David and Merryl Alpert met in the summer of 1948 at a resort in Upland, California. David was a drummer in a band that had a gig at the resort and Merryl was the lifeguard. Two days after they met they went on their first date and have been together ever since. Both Merryl and David attended LACC, but not at the same time. David attended LACC in the fall of 1947, going to night classes and graduating with...

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Alumna Rosie Perez joins “The View,” as a co-host

On September 15, Rosie Perez officially joins ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The View,” as a co-host. An Academy Award nominated actress and Emmy nominated choreographer, Perez continues to shine in her varied roles in front of the camera and behind. In early 2015, Perez returns to Broadway in Larry David’s new play, “Fish in the Dark.” The play will be produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Anna D. Shapiro and Perez will star alongside David. Perez starred...

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Alumni Spotlight: Bruce Kimmel

On Friday, May 31st LACC alumnus Bruce Kimmel hosted a night at the Camino Theatre with famed songwriter Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Winnie the Pooh, and much, much more). The event, free to the public, was a night of stories and memories from Richard Sherman’s life, punctuated by live performances of some of his songs. The grand finale of the evening was the debut of the song, ‘Two Roads’, written, arranged and performed by Bruce...

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Los Angeles historian Marc Wanamaker (foreground) examines vintage LACC original photographs with Daniel Marlos, Chair of LACC's Media Department

Alumnus Marc Wanamaker Named a “Hero of Hollywood”

Marc Wanamaker was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a “Hero of Hollywood.” Marc was honored for his tremendous work in saving the history of Hollywood. He created Bison Archives, the world’s largest collection of historic Hollywood and Los Angeles photographs. He has also served as a consultant on more than 100 documentaries and feature films. Marc Wanamaker is a world-class expert and consultant in film history who has worked in many facets of film production, exhibition,...

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L-R: Alumnus Shamey Cramer; Brian Boyarsky; Peter Stock, MD, President of the American Society for Transplant Surgeons; Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA); President Obama (seated); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Peter Solomon, President American Society of Transplantation; and Chris Collins, Director of Public Policy, AmFaR

Alumnus Shamey Cramer, President Obama and the HOPE Act

By Shamey Cramer If not for LACC, President Obama wouldn’t have invited me to the Oval Office. In 1984 I began taking classes at LA City College in hopes of getting my Associate Arts degree and transferring to a four-year school for a degree in Film and Television. One year later, I was informed I only had six months to three years to live because I was HIV-positive. I dropped out of school and returned to Chicago to be...

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Allow Yourself to be a Wildfire!

“I believe that there is a fire that is burning deep down in the depths of our souls that reminds us each and every day that we were meant to do better. Let that fire continue to run wild. Let it run wild all the way down to your spirit and allow yourself to be a wildfire.” – Henry Brown ‘14 LACC Student Speaker Henry Brown 2014 from LACC Foundation on Vimeo.

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A Matter of Faith

By Clinton Cameron Art Jordan was only 14 when he heard the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) leader, Elijah Muhammad, speak. Muhammad’s thin voice had strength and confidence as he addressed the crowd of suburban, middle-class African-Americans. The small crowd of local residents was enough to fill the cottage-style home’s basement in Detroit. Most of the men wore suits. The women wore skirts just below the knee. As Jordan sat in the stairwell of the residence among the overflowing crowd,...

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Henry Walton: Hate Cannot Stand in the Face of Truth

“I have been awarded a better life through educational opportunity, and for that I thank LACC and the Los Angeles Community College District.” On Thursday, June 12th Los Angeles City College proudly awarded alumnus and current student, Henry Walton, with an A.A. degree. Henry’s connection with LACC began 56 years ago in 1958, when he decided to take a photography course. From his home in South Central he took the ‘V’ car to get to LACC, which in his...

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