Farewell to one of the giants of Pittsburgh. Thelma Lovette died last week at the age of 98. Lovette was one of the people who made a big, big difference in Pittsburgh. She made a difference in not only the Civil Rights struggle but for human rights as she simply did the right thing when it came to working for a better Hill District community. Her work with the Centre Avenue YMCA for most of her adult life was so outstanding that they named the new Centre Y building after her. We will miss her.
Following in Lovette footsteps is Wayne Henderson. After being arrested and verbally bullied by a Pittsburgh police officer, Henderson is proving to be a bigger man by not holding a grudge against all police.
Last week he along with police Zone 1 Commander Rashall Brackney put together a gathering to introduce young Black kids to the police in a positive light. Most Black kids only see the police in a negative light when they are arresting someone in their family, or confronting someone in the community.
After being arrested, Henderson could have held a negative attitude toward all police, but instead he realized that this was just one individual who had a negative attitude, so he helped pull this event together. It apparently worked because all the feedback was positive. The kids loved it, and the police officers got to see Black kids in a non-confrontational manner, helping them realize that these are just kids, like any other kids.