KPFA Weekend News, 05.09.2015
A Black and Grey Power uprising in Vallejo is demanding the return of a tournament size pool table donated to the Florence Douglas Senior Center by Vallejo native son CC Sabathia, a major league baseball star currently pitching for the New York Yankees. The senior center has operated as a non-profit corporation in Vallejo since 1977, but the Vallejo seniors who gathered there were primarily Caucasian until Sabathia donated the pool table and a large flat screen TV. Both the pool table and its relationship to the African American Yankees pitcher born and raised in Vallejo attracted a growing number of African American male seniors. In November 2014, senior center director Peter Wilson suddenly sold it for $100 and even brought in a security guard in case anyone objected. CC Sabathia’s mother demanded that the pool table be recovered, so the senior center bought it back for $1700, but then turned around and donated it to the Omega Boys Club.
Vallejo senior James Little Jr.at the protest outside Vallejo's Florence Douglas Senior Center