Diane Mitchell Henry

Celebration Set in Honor of Biddy Mason’s Legacy

The Biddy Mason Global Network, California Black Women’s Health Project and the Beloved Community Coalition will host “Black Excellence ¾ Our Passion, Our Mission, Our Legacy” on Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Biddy Mason Memorial Park, 333 S. Spring St., in downtown Los Angeles. Former slave Bridget “Biddy” Mason was an activist, who was also a nurse, philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur. She opened a traveler’s center, operated an elementary school for Black children and donated the land to establish First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest church founded by Blacks in L.A. Reflecting

Tribute of Gratitude to God for Anna B. T. Mitchell

Sunday, May 9, 2021, marked the first Mother’s Day celebration to embrace the essence of the spirit of my mother, Anna Belle Troy Mitchell, spirit her transition on December 23, 2020 (five months shy of her 93rd birthday, May 2, 2021). After my mother’s passing, I found myself reminiscing about our mother-daughter relationship and the various seasons, engagements, pursuits, experiences, and the likes we encountered. Remembering the combination of relentless and peaceful days, I am mindful of always remaining the “child” irrespective of age. My mother was often adamant about reiterating that she was the “mother” and would say, “I

Biddy Mason Celebration Honors FAME Founder and Today’s Millennials

Several enterprising young people will be recognized at the 5th Annual “A Call for Boldness Biddy Mason Unsung Shero Legacy Celebration.” The event is set for Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Biddy Mason Memorial Park, 333 S. Spring St., in Los Angeles. The theme, “Roll up, Rise up, Reign up – Biddy Mason Legacy: An Empowered 19th Century Millennial,” will salute the achievements and service of Mason as well as similar traits demonstrated by many local young adults. Former slave Bridget “Biddy” Mason was a 30-year-old activist, who was also a nurse, philanthropist and real

L.A. Sentinel Champion of Faith – Diane Mitchell Henry

What is your name and what is your ministry?  My name is Diane Mitchell Henry and I am a community social entrepreneur. How did you get started in it?  When I was a young girl, I use to travel to church conventions and revivals with my grandmother, Annie Troy, an evangelist. I was exposed to down-home folks committed to addressing the social issues that impacted the local community and around the world. Church engagement was serious civic engagement during the early 1950’s. It was more than just enjoying tea parties, fried chicken dinners and hand clapping to gospel music.   I saw my

WGGLA and CPRF Celebrate 200th Birthday of Biddy Mason

Event saluted legacy of the former slave who donated land in 1872 to establish First AME Church of L.A. The 200th birthday of Bridget “Biddy” Mason sparked a big celebration in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 11. The Women’s Group of Greater Los Angeles County (WGGLA) joined with the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation (CPRF) to recognize the legacy of Mason, a former slave, nurse, philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur, who donated the land in 1872 to establish First AME Church of L.A. The event, officially called the 4th Annual Call For Boldness, was held at the Biddy Mason Memorial Park

Holman UMC Hosts ‘WOMEN RISING!’

Holman United Methodist Church will host “Women Rising: Organizing Power for the Advancement and Achievement of Racial Justice, Gender Equality and Economic Equity” on Saturday, March 31, at 9 a.m., on its campus located at 3320 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles. According to Pastor Kelvin Sauls, the purpose of the free event is women empowerment and the goal is to educate, promote, and uplift all women of Los Angeles. “This 2018 Women Rising event is a platform to provide women with inspiration, motivation, validation, and information related to women’s issues. Women will learn about health and wellness, how to