Roberta Byrd was born on January 4, 1919, in Tacoma, Washington. She attended Lincoln High School there and Wilberforce University in Ohio. She married Dr. James J. Byrd in 1950, lived in New Jersey, and gave birth to two sons.
Raisin in the Sun" with Greg Morris, who is known for his role in TV's "Mission Impossible." On KCTS/Channel 9, she told stories to young children in a show called "Let's Imagine." Later she moderated the Program "Face to Face" on KING TV from 1965-1970 and from 1971-1972 on KCTS/9. The program was an audience participation show that featured guest speakers talking about controversial topics such as desegregation and welfare. She awakened the community to civil rights issues and other important topics overlooked in the media. She acted as a bridge between the black and white communities.
I was in school with from Hawthorne Elementary through Med School. I lost track of him after Med School but hoped he would be at the reunion. Moe was a great guy, kind, thoughtful and very caring. I was very sad to see that he had passed.
I can't thank Mr. Fujii enough for all the support, encouragement, and inspiration he provided me through my Franklin years. He was instrumental in helping lay the foundation for my career as an artist. He taught me techniques, opened my eyes to styles and possibilities, and encouraged me to apply to the Art Center College of Design in LA. He was my teacher and friend...thanks Mr.Fujii.
All these years later, I remember that day after school when Mr. Maestas took on Melvin Smith in a one-on-one game of basketball on the basketball court outside the boys' gym. We must have been juniors because Melvin, who was on the FHS team, was a year ahead of us. Lenny DuPree was officiating. It was a very spirited affair, much trash was talked. I don't remember who won but I'm thinking is was Melvin.
I admired Roberto a great deal. He taught our Spanish class using "El Diario de Che Guevara" as a text. He scored a lot of cool points with me for that. Later, working in the Mayor's office, I encountered him again after he'd helped establish El Centro de la Raza at the old Beacon Hill Elementary School. El Centro was seeking Block Grant funds and I got to weigh in on the decision. I sure like to think I said yes.
I'm happy to say that he was a teacher of mine.
From Kathryn Briggs on August 26th, 2019
I remember Roberto Maestas well. He was my Spanish teacher for 2 years and one of the best teachers I ever had. He even danced at our assemblies. He worked hard for the Hispanic community and is still remembered by many.