Congressman Ronald Vernie Dellums, Judge Donald Pitts McCullum, NAACP, National Association For The Advancement For Colored People, Oakland, California, President George Herbert Walker Bush, The Great War, World War I, World War II

Community Heritage Exhibits Within The Ronald Vernie Dellums Federal Building Complex

A large federal building and courthouse complex was constructed in 1993 as part of an Oakland revitalization project. In 1999, President Bill Clinton signed a bill authorizing that the building be renamed to the Ronald Vernie Dellums Federal Building complex. Ronald Vernie Dellums was a prominent civil rights activist, a congressman, and the 48th mayor of Oakland.

The building has a sculpture garden that pays tribute to civil rights activist Judge Donald Pitts McCullum, whom was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Judge McCullum was a member of the NAACP and took legal actions to end the segregation of high schools in Oakland.

Inside of the federal complex is a wealth of photos of the Bay Area including some of the production of Chevrolet vehicles in the early 1900s and Lawerence at the site of the construction of an extension of the National Livermore Laboratory within the University of California Berkeley campus.

Other photos showed the early history of the east bay.

Other photos revealed life for the Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II, Unser Franklin Dwight Roosevelt’s executive order.

There were photos that showed the construction of the Oakland Coliseum, the first BART station, as well as a car factory that was eventually bought out by Tesla in 2010.

Another photo showed President George H.W. Bush visiting the Cypress Street viaduct that had collapsed after the 1989 earthquake.

President George Herbert Walker Bush

The Passing Of George Herbert Walker Bush

On November 30, 2018 President George Herbert Walker Bush passed away. President Bush was an artistic man, like his son whom has been painting after his presidency, since he shared his thoughts with poetry.

In fact, President Bush wrote his memories with poems that he had written, a course past presidents have not taken to establish their legacy.

Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush, Jenna Welch Bush Hager, President George Herbert Walker Bush, President George Walker Bush

First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At Age 92

Barbara Bush with President George Bush March 2017
President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush at an annual award ceremony hosted by the Congregation Beth Israel in Houston. The former president and first lady were present to receive the Mensch Award from “The Mensch International Foundation” on March 8, 2017. (Steve Gonzales | Houston Chronicle Photo)

On April 17, 2018 First Lady Barbara Bush passed away in her home in West Houston in the presence of her husband President George Hebert Walker Bush.

Barbara Bush requested that she receive comfort care in her Houston home after complications from her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and her congenital heart disease became worse in the beginning of April.

Barbara Bush’s funeral was held at the Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church and she was buried on April 21, 2018.

Barbara Bush Funeral April 21, 2018
Former President George Walker Bush, former First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush, their daughters Jenna Welch Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, and other members of the Bush family were behind Barbara Bush’s casket as it was carried out of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, in Houston, on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle Photo)

More information on Barbara Bush’s passing and her funeral can be found in the Houston Chronicle:

Charles P. Lazarus, President George Herbert Walker Bush, Toys R' Us

Toys R Us Founder Charles P. Lazarus Was A WWII Veteran

Charles P. Lazarus with President George H.W. Bush in Kashihara, Japan in 1992. (Associated Press Image)

A little known fact about the founder of the Toys R Us franchise, was that before he opened “Children’s Bargain Town” his first baby furniture store in 1948, within his fathers bike shop in Adams Morgan, and his first toy only store in 1957, he had served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a cryptographer.

After the war, Lazarus focused on selling just children’s furniture but eventually found it to be more lucrative to sell toys to the many parents of the “baby boomer” generation. This enabled him to build to toy store franchise that brought him together with other World War II veterans, such as President George H.W. Bush, a former fighter pilot, when Lazarus opened a new Toys R Us in Kashihara, Japan.

In my childhood, I had always enjoyed going with my twin brother and my parents to Toys R Us to see all the different Transformers, X-Men, Marvel and other action figures that were on display. I did take my children to a Toys R Us one last time before the stores shut down for good in April 2018.

In the future I’ll be sure to take my children to local toy stores, and retro toy stores in the hopes they can see some of the toys that spurred my imagination as a child!

On a side note:

Lazarus’s first baby furniture store and his dad’s former bike shop are located within the site of Madam’s Organ, a very festive bar that I used to venture in within Washington DC!