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March 30, 2001


Loretta Glickman-Austin will be remembered in a celebration of her life on Sunday, June 10, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Pasadena Conference Center, 300 E. Green St.

The program portion of the event will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with the theme "I, Too, Sing America."

Glickman, the first African American mayor of Pasadena, died suddenly in March in Lubbock, Texas, where she lived with her husband, Reverend Elijah Austin, pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Al Moses, Glickman's appointee to the Pasadena Planning Commission, stated: "There is tremendous interest among community members in this event because of Loretta's historic achievements."

"Loretta's goal as mayor was to respond to needs in all sectors of Pasadena," said Dolores Hickambottom, who served as field representative for Glickman during her tenure on the Pasadena City Council. "She created a legacy of inclusion and goodwill that continues today, twenty years following her taking office."

The event is being organized by a group of Pasadena leaders headed by Mayor Bill Bogaard, Dolores Hickambottom, Gerda Govine, Rev. L.L.C. Hammond, Jackie Corby, Rev. Coy Turrentine, Betty Ho, deputy to Mayor Bill Bogaard, Jacob Glickman, Gordon Anderson, Rochelle Mylers, Lois Richard, Fred Register, and several others.

Mayor Bogaard stated: "The organizing committee invites the entire community to this wonderful celebration of the life of Loretta Glickman-Austin, a Pasadena pioneer."