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Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. CallowayRev. Dr. Cecil ‘Chip' Murray
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Just how far has South Los Angeles progressed since the 1992 civil unrest? The answer to this question and more will be discussed at the upcoming ‘No Justice, No Peace' summit.
Bethel A.M.E. Church and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM) united to present the free program on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bethel.
The church's location at 7900 South Western Avenue in Los Angeles is near Florence and Normandie Avenues, the infamous intersection where the bloody beating of Reginald Denny occurred in April 1992.
"This symposium will be a day of dialogue between politicians, religious, and community and business leaders reflecting on the issues that gave rise to the unrest as well as the state of South Los Angeles 20 years later," said Bethel Pastor Kelvin T. Calloway.
Participants include the Rev. Dr. Cecil 'Chip' Murray and the Rev. Mark Whitlock of the USC Murray Center for Civic Engagement, the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd of Bethel A.M.E. Church in San Francisco, Ms. Cheryl Branch, executive director of LAM; and Mrs. Jackie DuPont Walker, president of Ward Economic Development Corporation.
Dr. Murray, the Rev. Whitlock, the Rev. Boyd, and Mrs. Dupont-Walker were all actively involved in calming tensions in the African American community along with leading the rebuilding of South L.A. following the violence and destruction that ensued after the acquittal of the police officers who savagely beat Rodney King.
Several elected officials have been invited as well who played significant roles during that period such as U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Karen Bass, U.S. Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, and California Assemblyman Isadore Hall.
Also, community leaders who personally contributed to the rebuilding efforts are invited including Dr. Edward Blakely of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment Foundation, John Mack of the Los Angeles Police Commission and Bernard Kinsey, president of the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation.
For more information, contact the LAM office at (323) 238-0445.