L.A. Teacher Gives His Home to Struggling Mother

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  • Stressing “kindness creates kindness, generosity creates generosity and love creates love”, a 51-year-old California law school professor has turned over the keys of his own home to a struggling, single mother of four in hopes his act of selflessness will put the family on a path toward a more secure and stable life of their own.

    For the next year and at no cost, Felicia Dukes and her children will take up residency and have sole possession of Tony Tolbert’s abode and all its modest furnishings. Tolbert, meanwhile, plans to move back in with his mother and back into the same bedroom where he was taught the very values now moving him to act as such.

    “You don’t have to be a billionaire to do something good for someone else,” the Harvard-educated Tolbert who now teaches at UCLA’s School of Law told CBS News. “You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or Oprah. We can do it wherever we are, with whatever we have and for me, I have a home that I can make available.”

    Beyond such heartfelt reasoning, Tolbert characterizes his act of civility as a gracious ode to his father, a once well-known entertainment lawyer and a man his son recalls always seemed to have room in his home and space in his heart for the downtrodden. Tolbert insists he can’t recall a single time during his childhood when there wasn’t some non-related person living in the family’s spare bedroom.

    “It planted the seed that that’s something you do,” he still reflects. “You take care of other people who are in a position where help is needed. If I say I’m generous… then I should be generous.”

    Enter Felicia Dukes and family, whom Tolbert had never met before mercifully opening the doors of his home to them. Prior to that, Dukes and her three youngest children lived in a single occupancy residence at Alexandria House, a shelter which offers such services for women and children only. Thus, during their most grueling ordeal, Duke’s oldest, adult son was not even able to continue residing with the family.

    “I got a call they (Alexandria) had a young man that wanted to donate his house for a year,” Dukes recalls. “I’m looking like, What? Are you serious?

    Indeed they were, and so was Tony Tolbert, whom the family now reveres as a touched spirit who has utterly given the family a new lease on life.

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    11 thoughts on “L.A. Teacher Gives His Home to Struggling Mother

    1. God Bless you, Mr. Tolbert. You will be blessed more and more for what you’ve done to help this family. God is so good!! And because of your up bringing God is working through you what we’re suppose to do as Christians. You have planted the seeds that needed to be “Harvest”. Continue doing what God has put in your heart to do. May God continue to bless you and your parents.

    2. Praise God!!! It’s so easy for us to hold on tightly to the money we earn and the things we posses in life . By Tony Tolbert’s example, I pray this helps us as a people realize that You alone gave us the ability to do our jobs, earn the money and buy the things we want/need. Help us to be open-handed such as Mr. Tolbert in our giving to show our thanks to You. God Bless you Mr. Tolbert!

    3. Beautiful!!!!….. Believe it or not this kind of thing happens quiet often in the black community but it’s not as news worthy as reporting our negative actions. Thanks Black America Web and I hope to see more stories on us like this because no one else is gonna show the REAL us.

    4. upto I looked at the check which said $8669, I be certain that…my… best friend was like actualey receiving money in there spare time on their apple laptop.. there dads buddy haz done this for less than 9 months and resently repaid the morgage on there place and bought a gorgeous Alfa Romeo. I went here …… BIT40.ℂOℳ

      • Ever heard of if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything. Everything does not need to be said and it sure does not have to be said by you. I will bet your afflicted soul can’t comprehend what I am saying.

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