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Dear Ms. Harris-Hargrove:

I just wanted to thank you for that research you gave me on Dr. George Jackson from the LA Sentinel's archives. I have since written nearly 50 pages covering that time. It was immensely helpful.

I have been reading the LA Times from that era via the LA Public Library's online database. Though I know newspapers are by their nature sensational, it seems to me to have been such a tumultuous time, with new and overwhelming things happening almost every day. There is the founding of the SDS, the continuation of the Civil Rights Movement with power struggles (exaggerated in the white media) between SNCC and SCLC, the acceleration of the Vietnam War and a sudden new kind of outrageous crime like drive-by shootings, kids on LSD throwing themselves off buildings, etc. When I think of Dr. George Jackson's response to this: to start a hospital in a part of town that lacked one, and to start it with all Black capitol, even mortgaging his own house and persuading fellow doctors to do so, I am so moved. I wish more of us were like this man. I'm grateful to have been able to learn about him and I'm so glad to write a character like him, to create in fiction such a very fine man.

If you ever have time to look up Anna or Anne Jackson, or the sons, MacDonald or George, Jr. in the Sentinel, I would be most appreciative. I have made up a family who are not George, Anna, MacDonald or George, Jr. (as one must do in a novel to try to cover events of the time) but I find learning about them helps ground me in reality.

Again, I am incredibly grateful for your help.


Sally Rafowicz

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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