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Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, in uniform, and mayor Roosevelt Dorn, far right, shares a photographic moment with Inglewood City staffers dressed to depict characters from the stage version of â€œThe Wiz.â€
Photo by Francis Taylor for Sentinel
Inglewood 2009 All-America City National Night OutBy Francis TaylorSentinel Staff WriterThe City of Inglewood, California, recently named a 2009 All-America City by the National Civic League, only one of ten in the nation and the only one in the state to receive this national distinction, recently celebrated by hosting a city-wide, 26th annual national Night Out block party in conjunction with the Inglewood Police and other city departments.Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn was joined by City Councilmember Eloy Morales, in welcoming the hundreds of Inglewood residents who turned out to participate in the annual Night Out extravaganza in addition to celebrating Inglewood's recognition along with cities like Phoenix, Arizona, Fort Wayne Indiana, Albany, New York, and others.Dorn expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the teamwork and consistent dedication of Inglewood residents, city workers, political, religious and business leaders, and others for their work in contributing to Inglewood's designation as an All-America City.He displayed one of several commendations the city received in recognition of their designation, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, prepared by 2nd District Board Member, Mark Ridley-Thomas.In addition, Dorn, received similar commendations from representatives from the office of the governor of State of California, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Senator Rod Wright, to name a few. The city's national night out celebration was held in Downtown Inglewood on Market Street between Manchester and Florence Avenues.Â Closed to vehicular traffic, the street was lined with food vendors, local business owners, civic organizations, health providers, and others on-hand to provide information, services, and even face-painting and recreation activities for the young people.During the welcoming presentations, which featured Inglewood City department heads, and others, the Mayor was eager to point-out that the City of Inglewood, was also chosen as one of the top ten cities in America in 1989.In addition to the food, fellowship, and opportunity to mix and mingle with Mayor Dorn, Inglewood Police Department (IPD) Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, City Councilmember Eloy Morales, as well as the City Administrator, Treasurer, IPD Swat Team Members, police officers, and others, guests and visitors were treated to a performance by Inglewood Staffers depicting a scene from the stage version of "The Wiz" and a special demonstration by the IPD Canine Corps and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. One of the main purposes of the annual National Night Out event is to engage the community in recapturing their neighborhoods from gangs and violence.Seabrooks said, "Tonight is a night out against crime. Help us take back our streets without firearms."