Children at the New World Learning Center greeted their elders with respect in Swahili. They called the man “Baba” instead of his father. They called director Phil Johnson “Bub” or grandfather. They called the woman “mama” instead of her mother.
When Linda Richardson, 69, drove her two sons, Robert and Jamal Montemayor, to school and opened the car door, children surrounded her and shouted, “Mama Linda! Mama Linda!”