Who wrote the Federal Freedom of Information Act? Who first called for Richard Nixon to be impeached? Who took on the Vietnam War when it was still popular? John Moss is a giant of Sacramento too often overlooked in his own hometown. It’s time to fix that as we approach the 100th birthday of a powerful Congressman who once lived in a little house on Land Park Drive.
In the 26 years since Sacramento joined more than 100 other cities across America in renaming a street after King, the 2.8-mile boulevard from Broadway on the north to Franklin has come to reflect many of the challenges and changes playing out across inner-city America.
The income gap between African Americans and whites in California has reached its widest point in decades, a trend that reflects a broader, growing chasm between the state’s wealthy and poor, experts said. It is also a sign, some advocates said, that many of the economic disparities decried by Martin Luther King, Jr. persist, even as the nation observes his birthday Monday.
Glenn Sorensen was wiping down his car that December morning on Oahu, a 1937 Buick that, to this day, was the best he’d ever driven. That black sedan even took a bullet for him. Three, in fact. He’s holding one of them now, squeezing it between the fingers of his left hand, and he’ll tell you he’s the luckiest man he knows.
Joseph Santos, 21, died after a mortar attack on an American airfield near the Demilitarized Zone. Ernie Santos said an eyewitness told him that his brother and two other soldiers rushed out from a bunker to save a Jeep that had overturned from a mortar explosion. A second round of mortar fire killed the three soldiers instantly, but the Jeep driver survived.
Brian Landsberg was just 26 years old when he checked into a Holiday Inn in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 50 years ago. His job: enforcing the nation’s newly signed Civil Rights Act, a piece of legislation strongly resented in the South, where the civil rights struggle had been marked by murders and violence.
With little notice or fanfare, the California State Military Museum in Old Sacramento shut its doors in March, amid a turf war between the nonprofit foundation that operates it and the California Military Department that oversees it. The conflict, in addition to state budget constraints, left the museum unable to stay afloat.
Seventy summers ago, not long after D-Day, Ray Haagen and his unit landed at Normandy, fought through France and then Germany – and saved a bottle of wine to be opened one day at a reunion. Haagen, 93, just got the bottle.