Letter to Mayor Ernest Davis of Mount Vernon 3-20-04


Hon. Ernest Davis

Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY

Office of the Mayor

Mount Vernon, NY, 10550



March 20, 2004


Dear Mayor Davis,


It was nice to see you Saturday morning at the Mount Vernon tennis facility. As usual you are staying in excellent shape and making others of our age group jealous. With regards to your radio program this coming Thursday, it would be a distinct pleasure for me to be on your program. I will contact on Monday, Ms. Leslie Alpert, your personal assistant on this matter.


As you know from out conversation, I am giving a lecture at the Mount Vernon High School to Mr. Paul Court’s, the social studies lead teacher, classes. The topic will be the “Impact of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the 50th anniversary” on our local school system, a personal memoir.


As a member of the first graduating class of the reunified MVHS in June of 1963, and a close witness to the events regarding the 25 years from 1954 to 1979, along with many recent years as a lecturer and fundraiser at the high school, I hope to bring a unique and personal perspective regarding the impact of this landmark decision.


Also this year, the topic for the Jon Breen Memorial Fund Essay Competition will be “Has the spirit of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown… been realized?”


Meanwhile, I have included with this letter the outline regarding the guidelines of the Jon Breen Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition. Please also find the newspaper story regarding the untimely passing of the great Johnny Counts of New Rochelle, a lifelong friend of our mutual friend Randy Forrest. I think some time on your should be devoted to his memory and how his legacy impacted sports in Westchester County.





Richard J. Garfunkel