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Back to School
By Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) & Ann Marie Garten
Published September 1, 2011

The Barbershop

Once a year for the past 13 years, Mothers In Action has been holding a ‘Back to School’

What started as a gentle breeze has evolved into a whirlwind of activities for the children of the community – health screenings, haircuts, school supplies, immunizations, and other health related shots.  Everything that the children need to return to school is available free of charge to them, compliments of including Mothers In Action (MIA), the Los Angeles Sentinel, AT&T and a host of other sponsors and elected officials.

In keeping with the tradition that started with its founders, the late Mother Lillian Mobley, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. and Brenda Marsh-Mitchell, the health and family festival was borne out of the need to enhance the quality of life for the school-aged children, and by extension, their parents, and it has become the largest back-to-school giveaway in the country.

Some of the officials who are responsible for its success included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Senator Curren Price, Assembly-members Isadore Hall and Mike Davis, and Council-members Jan Perry, Bernard Parks and Herb Wesson.

Marsh-Mitchell, president of MIA said, “We thank all the participants and the sponsors for being part of the village, for it takes a village to raise a child.”

Other sponsors and businesses that were there included Brotherhood Crusade, RFP Insurance, Hubert H. Humphrey Health Center, County Toy Loan Program, One in Christ Church, Radio Free KJLH, Metro PCS, Walgreens, Union Bank, Marcus Garvey School and Pink Lotus.  In addition to being one of the sponsors, the Los Angeles Police Department was there as added security along with brothers from the Nation of Islam.  

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