Cousin Leny’s wedding to Steve on August 1, 1998, in Los Angeles was the last trip B.Michael and John would make together as a couple before separating later that month.
B.Michael (left) is rocking a Barong Tagalog and John reprised his uncle’s pink seersucker jacket pairing it with a tri-color bow tie that, if memory serves, he learned to knot for the occasion.
In classic Bert + John fashion, here is how they collaborated on the message to accompany the gift:
Bert was a life-long learner who enjoyed being in the classroom as a student perhaps as much as a teacher. He was also keen on exposing himself to innovative ways to work with his urban high schoolers around social studies, US History, the law, and related topics, hence his participation in a graduate course at The New School for Social Research.
As a community activist and law school graduate, B.Michael felt a deep commitment to raising awareness around the ongoing campaigns for justice for political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal.
On 27 March 1998 in Washington DC, B.Michael accompanied a small group of his students from City-As-School for Jericho ’98. The purpose of the National Jericho Movement is amnesty and freedom for all political prisoners in the U.S. These photos (erroneously date-stamped on the 28th) were taken by B.Michael’s camera.
Were you present at this demonstration? Were you one of B.Michael’s students? Please let us hear from you!