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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Red Snapper
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Petersburg, Florida
Favorite Quote:
We Can't Do It Without You.

Birthplace

Born:
6/24/1938
Birth Location:
Hahira, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Brown
Favorite Food:
Red Snapper
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Petersburg, Florida
Favorite Quote:
We Can't Do It Without You.

Birthplace

Born:
6/24/1938
Birth Location:
Hahira
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Biography

Prominent newspaper publisher Richard Love was born on June 24, 1938, in Hahira, Georgia. Recruited by the Los Angeles Dodgers following high school, Love declined an invitation to their farm team to pursue a college degree. Love attended Kentucky State University, but left following his freshman year to join the military.

Prior to withdrawing from Kentucky State University, Love was involved in a racially charged protest. Objecting to the school's policy of admitting whites into the all-black college, Love and several classmates staged a demonstration that led to the torching of the school gym. In 1958, Love opted to leave Kentucky State University for the military. Love spent three years in the service, and spent considerable time at Fort Devers in Boston and Bavaria, Germany, where he became the battalion photographer. Love left the military in 1961 and returned to his home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Love worked as an orderly at a V.A. hospital for several years until 1964, when he was recruited to work on vice president Hubert Humphrey's personal defense team. The next year, Love became a real estate appraiser for World Savings, where he also worked as a housing consultant for the Urban League. Love worked in real estate for nearly a decade, primarily as a housing coordinator of land-based properties in Dade County, Florida. There, he acquired his first experiences in journalism as an editor for the community newsletter.

Love moved to Westwood, California, in 1985. There, he continued working in real estate and also became an advisor for black businesses. Encouraged by the success of the African American Denver Times, Love surveyed the community to gauge support for a black newspaper. After receiving largely positive responses, he established The Long Beach Times. Singlehandedly writing, editing and publishing the newspaper, Love focused on giving African Americans a voice by including the names of political representatives and city council members and listing their contact information in each issue.

Love continues to publish The Long Beach Times and each edition of the bi-weekly newspaper reaches an estimated 30,000 readers. In the early 1990s, he founded the Long Beach Chapter of African American Commerce. A member of the NAACP and advocate of black business development, Love is a devoted leader of the Long Beach community.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Richard Love's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Richard Love lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard Love describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard Love talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard Love talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard Love describes Hahira, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard Love describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard Love talks about his father's experiences being a postman in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Richard Love talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Richard Love talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Richard Love talks about traveling to Hahira, Georgia to help with summer harvesting as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Richard Love describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Richard Love describes his admiration for his older brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Richard Love describes his childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Richard Love talks about being offered a scholarship to become a librarian
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Richard Love talks about being recruited by the Los Angeles Dodgers farm team
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Richard Love reflects upon completing all four years of his high school education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Richard Love describes why his mother kept him from playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers farm team and made him finish high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard Love talks about the teachers that influenced him as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Love describes how he came to attend Kentucky State College in Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Love talks about attending Kentucky State College in Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Love talks about integration at Kentucky State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Love talks about racial inequality in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Love describes his experiences training for the Army Security Agency in Fort Devens, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Love describes his experiences being stationed in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Richard Love talks about being a battalion photographer while serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Richard Love describes his spearheading a feasibility study for determining consumer interest in a black newspaper in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Richard Love describes being hired to work at Don CeSar Veterans Affairs Hospital in 1961
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Richard Love talks about serving on U.S. Vice President Herbert Humphrey's security detail during the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Richard Love reflects upon the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Richard Love talks about his career from 1968 to the mid-1980s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Richard Love describes how he fell into newspaper publishing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Love describes how he started the Long Beach Times, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Love describes how he started the Long Beach Times, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Love states the mission of the Long Beach Times
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Love talks about founding the Long Beach Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Love describes the issues with the Long Beach branch of the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Love describes the issues he sees in the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Richard Love describes the issues he sees in the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Richard Love describes the issues he sees in the black community, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Richard Love talks about applying his parents' advice to his life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Richard Love describes the ways in which he taught his children to manage their priorities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Richard Love describes the demographics in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard comments on the changing demographics of the neighborhoods in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Love comments on how people perceive black identity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Love talks about the value of inclusive, rather than exclusive, mindsets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Love describes why culturally specific chambers of commerce are necessary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Love comments on the black community's need for economic viability
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Richard Love comments on the "democratic slave mentality" of some blacks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Richard Love describes the issues he had with the Black Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Richard Love talks about how black people are intimidated by one another
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Richard Love reflects upon the legacy of The Long Beach Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Richard Love talks about his parents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Richard Love talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Love narrates his photographs