WHAT WE DID: 2/6

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Greek & Latin Unit 6 – due Thursday, 2/9; Quiz Friday
    • Article of the Week – read and annotate using text tags & commentary due 2/8
    • HRL Question #3: What is a universal theme from the book you are reading? How is the theme expressed? Explain
    • HOMEWORK
      • HRL due Tuesday, February 7th
      • AoW with text tags & commentary due Wednesday, February 8th
      • Greek & Latin packet due Thursday, February 9th
      • Study for G&L Quiz Friday
  • HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • “Thank You, Ma’m” by Langston Hughes
      • Complete discussion/analysis of use of allegory
      • Application: What does it say? What does it mean? What does it matter?
    • HOMEWORK
      • HRL due Tuesday, 2/7 (three questions only)
      • AoW with text tags and annotation due Wednesday, 2/8
      • Greek & Latin Unit VIIII Packet due Thursday, 2/9; Quiz Friday
  • ENGLISH 8
    • “Thank You, Ma’m” by Langston Hughes
      • Characterization – Motivation leads to action
    • HOMEWORK
      • HRL due Tuesday, 2/7 (three questions only)
      • AoW with text tags and annotation due Wednesday, 2/8
      • Greek & Latin Unit VII Packet due Thursday, 2/9; Quiz Friday

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE ANGELENOS

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Lovie Louise Yancey is the African American founder of the Fatburger restaurant chain. She was born in Bastrop, Texas, on January 3, 1912, one of eight children of Clayborn and Minnie Yancey. Yancey and her daughter moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s.
At the age of thirty-five, she and her friend, Charles Simpson, decided to partner in a business venture. Simpson built a three-stool hamburger stand on Western Avenue, near Jefferson Boulevard in South Central Los Angeles in 1947, with scrap materials from his place of employment. They called the business Mr. Fatburger.

 

That first burger stand became so successful that Yancey and Simpson opened three more locations over the next five years. The “Mr.” was dropped from the name, and the original Fatburger was born.

In 1973, Yancey opened a Fatburger on La Cienaga Boulevard in Beverly Hills. By 1980, Yancey began to grow the business through local franchising, and by the end of 1985, the chain had over fifteen franchise sites throughout southern California. In 1986, Fatburger was named number five among the fastest growing burger franchise chains by Entrepreneur magazine.

Yancey always claimed, “I don’t worry about McDonald’sBurger King or Wendy’s. They may be more popular, but a good hamburger sells itself, and I don’t think anybody makes as good a hamburger as we do.”

Over the years, Fatburger has been immortalized in a string of songs, movies, and TV shows, including the sitcom Sanford and Son, the film The Fast and the Furious, and the Ice Cube single, “It Was a Good Day.” Fatburger even once made legendary Late Night talk show host David Letterman’s Top 10 list of things he’d miss most about leaving Los Angeles.

Beyond her Fatburger legacy, Yancey also established a $1.7-million endowment at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, in 1986, for research into sickle-cell anemia. She created the endowment in dedication to her twenty-two year old grandson, Duran Farrell, who had died of the disease three years earlier.

Lovie Yancey died of pneumonia on January 26, 2008, at the age of ninety-six at the Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her daughter, Yancey was survived by three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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