A packed house at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion cheered for Deanna Jordan Friday night.
“I needed for my sons to see there was a legacy that preceded them with college. I am the first in my family to go to college,” Jordan said.
Jordan grew up in Compton. After high school, she got pregnant at 18. She had her third son at 22.
“I had him and in the hospital I remember thinking, ‘I’m 22, there’s no future unless I can create one,’” Jordan said.
After two years at West Los Angeles Community College and three-and-a-half years at UCLA, the department scholar is graduating with two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s in African-American Studies.
“She had limited time, plus she took the initiative,” said Dale Tatum, a UCLA lecturer.
Jordan also founded the Compton Pipeline Taskforce—she and UCLA volunteers work on academics at Compton schools, including Carver Elementary, where she attended.
“I saw the difference in how my boys were in school in Brentwood and then how schools were in Compton where I came from,” she said.
Jordan credits family support and UCLA for making her dreams a reality.
“You can’t really succeed unless you fail, and I failed a lot of times, but it was my persistence and my willingness never to give up,” she said.
Jordan, who also works in the Compton mayor’s office, plans to take a year off before she heads to law school. She plans on becoming a district attorney.
Better watch what you do around kids or they just might call the police......
Robbie Richardson, a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy, recently called 911 to complain that his dad had run a red light.
“He tells me, ‘Hey dad you just went through a red light.’” Robbie’s father, Michael Richardson, told CBS Boston. “And I said, ‘No Robbie, you can go through that one as long as you stop and there’s nobody coming you can go.’ He says, ‘No you can’t. That light was red.’ So we get into the car wash and he says, ‘I’m going to call the police.’”
Robbie kept his word. When they got home, he called 911. The Quincy Police Department released the call on YouTube.
“My daddy went past the red light.,” Robbie said. “He has a black truck. He was in the brand new car, my mommy’s car.”
“And then what happened?” the dispatcher asked.
“And he had to go to the car wash and then he went past the red light.”
That’s when the police asked to speak with Richardson, who apologized.
Dinner must’ve been awkward that night.
“Everyone follows the rules, but not daddy". Robbie told the Boston Globe, adding that if it happened again, he wouldn’t call the police. “I’ll call the eye doctor so he can fix his eyes.”
Not surprisingly, Robbie wants to be a police officer when he grows up......