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Reparations in Education and Re-Imagining Our Stories: Appoint Dr. Melina Abdullah as the Inaugural Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Cal State LA -The People’s Choice!
August 6, 2020
Clergy for Black Lives, a collective of clergy members from throughout Southern California, sent a letter to California State University, Los Angeles (CSU Los Angeles) President, William Covino, on July 11, 2020 to inquire as to his reasoning for not appointing Dr. Melina Abdullah as the Inaugural Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, the second College of Ethnic Studies in the nation. President Covino responded on July 13, 2020, stating that he was not on campus and could not address personnel matters.   ... read more »
Black Lives Matter leader and Professor Dr. Melina Abdullah Announces Lawsuit Against City of Los Angeles and Former Police Chief
February 27, 2020
Black Lives Matter’s Dr. Melina Abdullah and her law team held a press conference in front of the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters to announce the filing of a lawsuit regarding an arrest at the Police Commission meeting in 2018. ... read more »
BREAKING NEWS: L.A. City Attorney Agrees to Drop Charges Dr. Melina Abdullah
February 7, 2019
According to ... , Los Angeles officials agreed Thursday to drop all criminal charges against one of the city’s most visible Black Lives Matter organizers as part of a negotiated arrangement, ... read more »
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Ava DuVernay, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Melina Abdullah & More Talk “13th”
February 10, 2017
Must see panel discussion surrounding Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary, "13th" which explores the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and America's perilous transition from slavery to mass incaceration. Panelists included filmmaker Ava DuVernay, rapper, social activist and business owner Nipsey Hussle, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and educator Melina Abdullah, Los Angeles Police Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill, Esq., and award-winning civil rights attorney, host and moderator for the evening, Areva Martin. Sponsored by Blackwood Alliance and The California Endowment, panelists and the artist community gathered at the historic Nate Holden Theatre in Los Angeles. ... read more / watch video »
Melina Abdullah Headed to Prairie View A&M
March 9, 2022
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has announced that scholar and co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, will be the university’s inaugural Activist-In-Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.    ... read more »
What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say about the State of America if he were alive today?
January 14, 2021
Dr. King’s belief in non-violence as a moral and political basis for achieving the “Dream” he envisioned did not include a passive or patient acceptance of a lower place in society. He knew this would be a multi-generational quest for our freedom, and prophetically told us that we would eventually get to the mountain top even if he were unable to be there with us. ... read more »
Community Activist Melina Abdullah Gathers Over 5,000 Signatures Asking For City Attorney to Drop Charges Against Her
February 1, 2019
LOS ANGELES- Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan – Cullors, is asking the community to demand justice for Dr. Melina Abdullah by demanding City Attorney Mike Feuer to drop all charges against Dr. ... read more »
Correction: Sentinel Editorial Regarding Council District 10
March 31, 2022
Last week’s Sentinel editorial about Council District 10 included photos of Dr. Melina Abdullah and Commissioner Jacquelyn “Jackie” Dupont-Walker, but they were not mentioned in the story. Originally, our intention was to include their photos to represent “strong and brilliant Black women” who already live in Council District 10 and deserve to be on the list for consideration instead of a list comprised of only “one name and that name is Karly Katona” as proposed by Attorney John Sweeney.  While the names of Dr. Abdullah and Mrs. Dupont-Walker were included in the online article, their names were not in the print version. We apologize for the error. ... read more / view gallery »
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Black Lives Matter Leader Endorses Wesson
October 1, 2020
This week, LA City Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson received the official support of Dr. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. Dr. Melina Abdullah is a professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and an outspoken advocate for police reform. Herb Wesson is running to replace Mark Ridley-Thomas on the LA County Board of Supervisors in this year's open election. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder to Deliver Over 6K Petitions Demanding L.A. City Attorney Stop ‘Criminalizing Black Protest’
February 5, 2019
Patrisse Cullors to lead delegation opposing the prosecution of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles’ Dr. Melina Abdullah ... read more »
Ava DuVernay showcases new doc ‘13th’ at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
January 31, 2017
Ava DuVernay, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Melina Abdullah, Cynthia McClain-Hill and Areva Martin Lead Intense Discussion on Oscar-Nominated Film “13th” ... read more »
Tavis Smiley Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of KBLA Talk 1580 in L.A.
July 21, 2022
Tavis Smiley recently celebrated the one-year anniversary as the owner of KBLA Talk 1580, the only Black-owned and operated talk radio station west of the Mississippi. ... read more »
California Black Women’s Collective Celebrate Statewide Trailblazers and Leaders
June 30, 2022
Trailblazers, leaders and supporters arrived at the California African American Museum in numbers on June 17 to simply honor each other and remind themselves that they are not alone in their crusades. ... read more »
Ridley-Thomas Ally and SCLC Attorney Want Karly Katona, a Woman Who Lives in Hancock Park and Who Has Never Lived in the 10th District, to Fill the Vacancy 
March 23, 2022
Since 1963, when Tom Bradley defeated Joe E. Hollingsworth to become the first African American elected councilmember of the 10th District, the seat has always been seen as a Black seat.    ... read more »
UPLIFT Concert Focuses on Black Futures Month, Hosted by BLM at the Miracle Theater in Inglewood
March 10, 2022
Damon Turner’s cultural organization, Trap Heals, worked in collaboration with BLM to usher in a free local event, the UPLIFT concert was “in honor of Black Futures Month.” ... read more »
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