Dr. Kathye D. Jenkins

Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary

It’s been two decades of work on behalf of the community, but the members of Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation (CPRF) are not tired yet. In fact, the outreach nonprofit of the Gardena Valley & Vicinity Ministers’ Wives and Widows Sisterhood Connection is preparing to mark their 20th anniversary at their 11th Annual Awards Musical/Scholarship Presentation. The Zoom event will be held on Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m. The Zoom I.D. is 954 8319 2587. The theme is “Providing a Ray of Sunshine Through the Gift of Encouragement.” Also, several people will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the

CPR Foundation Presents Surviving Cancer Workshop

Fulfilling its mission to promote preventative health initiatives, the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation will sponsor a Zoom workshop, “Cancer Survivorship and Caregiving,” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The free event is part of CPR’s Sistahs Can We Talk Monthly Nurse Series. Four speakers are scheduled to address various aspects of the topic, said Dr. Kathye Jenkins, CPR founder. They are Justine Obiakor, a health educator with the California Health Collaborative’s Every Woman Counts program; Dr. Nicole Robinson, founder of Hatz 4 Hearts Foundation; Pastor Rhonda Holbert, Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry; and Lady Jacqueline Hammond, a

CPRF Plans ‘Brothers Talk Too’ Virtual Men’s Conference

A panel of experts will headline the “Brothers Talk Too Virtual Men’s Conference,” which takes place on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live. The event, hosted by the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation, is a component of the organization’s Witness2Fitness Health and Awareness Initiative. The main goal of the effort is to promote good health among men pants in the Black community through education and reduction interventions and programs. “To reduce gender inequalities in minority males, CPRF is bringing together men from various locations, occupations and denominations with noted healthcare professionals. This event

CPRF/Sisterhood Connection Founder Appointed NAUW Chaplain

Letisa Y. Vereen, national president of the National Association of University Women (NAUW), has appointed Dr. Kathye D. Jenkins as the organization’s new national chaplain. Jenkins is the founder of the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation and the Gardena Valley and Vicinity Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Sisterhood Connection. Also, she is a member of the NAUW Santa Monica Branch under the leadership of president Yvonne Meredith. For the past few years, NAUW-SM has collaborated with the CPRF’s Witness2Fitness Health and Wellness Awareness. In addition, the branch will participate in the program’s official launch next month in houses of worship throughout

L.A. Area Faith Leaders Highlight Pressing Issues for 2020

The New Year is here, along with a new decade and Los Angeles-area faith leaders shared their recommendations for a productive 2020. The following are some the responses to the Sentinel’s question: “What are some of the issues you would advise the faith community to focus on in the New Year?” Pastor Deborah Manns, Ruach Christian Community Fellowship: “Have conversations and workshops with middle and high school students on safety and social media predators. Also, nonprofits that work with children and families should be given attention and support to discuss easy snares that trap our young people on a daily basis. In addition,

Scores Attend “Roxboro Roots” Book Signing

Scores of people came out to hear Dr. Melvina Jones, seated, read excerpts of her new book, “Roxboro Roots – North Carolina Families Leave Their Imprint on America’s Story.” Dr. Kathye Jenkins, founder/president of the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation, joined the crowd at Word of Life Christian Bookstore on Aug. 10, to receive a signed copy of the book, which tells the impact that Jones’ family had on American history. “Roxboro Roots” is available at Word of Life as well as all digital platforms.

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

CPR Foundation Invites Churches to Partner in Health Outreach

The Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation (CPRF) increased its campaign to improve the health L.A.-area residents by urging churches to spread the wellness message with their congregations. Hosting a community gathering on June 27, CPRF president Dr. Kathye Jenkins and the group’s Witness2Fitness team held an open meeting with pastors and representatives of more than 40 houses of worship. CPRF’s goal was to connect churches with information and resources for healthy, spiritual and sustainable living. “We have brought together faith leaders, healthcare providers and other agencies to consider being part of a sustainable development agenda to improve health and wellness,” said

CPR Foundation Sponsors ‘Sistahs, Can We Talk’ Conference

Healthy living, educational enrichment and societal inequities will be some of the topics highlighted at the “Sistahs, Can We Talk” Women’s Conference. The symposium, hosted by the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation (CPR) Witness 2 Fitness Health and Wellness Outreach, takes place on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a range of speakers will be on hand to share insight into improving the health of women of all ages. “Our goal with this conference is to create an uplifting, enlightening experience for those in attendance, to empower them to take hold of their own well-being, both mental

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

Jenkins Empowers Clergy Wives to Transform Communities

     March is Women’s History Month – Champions of Faith This month, the L.A. Sentinel Religion section debuts “Champions of Faith,” a column about highlighting ordinary people inspired by their faith to make a difference in the community. In recognition of Women’s History Month, L.A.-area women will be featured during the month of March. What is your name and what is your ministry? I am Dr. Kathye D. Jenkins. I am the founder and president of the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation, a nonprofit community-based outreach of the Gardena Valley and Vicinity Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Sisterhood Connection. We