From left are Mrs. LeeOmia Broadous-Clegg, Rev. Gregory Broadous, Linda Broadous-Miles, John Broadous Jr., Deborah Broadous, Mrs. LaNita Broadous, Bishop Miquail Broadous, Councilman Bernard Parks, First Lady Emeritus Jean Broadous, and Mother Annie Reece.
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
The legacy of the late Pastor John Henry Broadous added a lasting footnote as 71st Street and Gramercy Place now bears his name in the official records of the City of Los Angeles.
During a dedication ceremony on July 3, Bishop Miquail Broadous and the Grace Temple Baptist Church family joined Councilman Bernard C. Parks in formally designating the intersection as ‘Pastor John Henry Broadous Square.' The program also included the unveiling of a monument, erected by the City, in honor of Pastor Broadous.
The occasion recognized the enduring ministry and civic contributions of Pastor Broadous who served as pastor of Grace Temple for 26 years. "Pastor Broadous did a lot of work for this community including food and clothing distributions as well as many programs for young people. I'm standing on his shoulders as we continue to build upon his legacy. His shoes are too big for me to fill, so I'm just standing on his shoulders," said Bishop Broadous, his nephew and the current pastor.
First Lady Emeritus Jean Broadous noted, "This day, acknowledging my husband, is such a blessing. He was such a great man. Now, my nephew is pastor here and he has thrown his arms around me. It's just wonderful."
Lady Broadous worked faithfully with her husband during their 61 years of marriage, which resulted in four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Vowing to remain active at Grace Temple, she said, "I'm not tired yet. I sing in the choir and my children keep me going."
Preceding the ceremony was a brief worship service. The participants included Minister Gregory Broadous, Linda Broadous-Miles, and Deborah Broadous, National President of the Broadous Family. Musical selections were rendered by the Grace Temple Choir and the Los Angeles Episcopal Chorale directed by Canon Dr. Chas Cheatham.
Grace Temple is located at 7017 South Gramercy Place in Los Angeles and Bishop Broadous said, "Our services are at 10 a.m., every Sunday morning and we invite the community to come by and be a part of it." For more information, call (323) 971 8192.