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Park Service Marks 80th Anniversary of Port Chicago Explosion That Killed 202 Black Sailors  

The National Park Service (NPS) is set to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Port Chicago explosion, a tragic event that claimed the lives of 202 Black sailors. The incident occurred on July 17, 1944, in Contra Costa County, when 4,606 tons of ammunition being loaded unto two U.S. Navy cargo ships detonated, instantly killing 320 men on site and injuring another 390 workers.    

Special Needs Network’s Camp JPAC Opens for Summer 

  The opening day featured a fun and engaging schedule of activities including a pep rally, performances, giveaways, and a parent orientation session.  “We call it inclusion camp because it’s for kids with special needs so, you’re going to see kids here, who are on the autism spectrum,” said Areva Martin, Esq., founder, president and CEO of Special Needs Network, Inc.    “You may see kids with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, what we call sometimes, invisible disabilities, but you’re also going to see a lot of their typical peers, so it’s a great environment for learning.”  Martin and the Special

Spectrum partners With Brotherhood Crusade to Assist The Community 

The Brotherhood Crusade announced its partnership with internet company Spectrum which includes a $50,000 donation along with laptops, a gigabyte-per-second internet service, a smartboard, and renovations. The partnership is a component of the Spectrum Community Center Assist Initiative.  

A School Grows in Watts

After eight years in the making, A School Grows in Watts documentary premiered on Sunday, June 30, at the Dances with Films Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. 

Elected Officials Lock Arms to Advocate for Community Hospital Funding 

The financial threat facing Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Healthcare has been reduced, thanks to state supplemental funding secured after local elected officials sounded the alarm of a possible closure, which would have negatively impacted residents throughout South L.A. and surrounding neighborhoods.