Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux

Life Celebrations Set for Pastor Earl Pleasant, Organizer of Greater New Bethel in Inglewood

Another giant of faith left his earthly body with the passing of the Rev. Dr. Earl Alfred Pleasant on June 14. The founder and pastor emeritus of Greater New Bethel Baptist Church in Inglewood, Pleasant was 76-years-old. A preacher of the Gospel for more than 40 years, Pleasant touched many lives and baptized more than 400 converts to Christ during his long ministry. To recognize his life, celebrations are planned for Thursday, June 27, where he will lie in state from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service, led by Pastor Rikki T. Farrell, Jr., at Greater

Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux – L.A.’s Gospel Legend

             February is Black History Month Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux is a gospel composer, educator and author. A veteran recording artist, she conducts workshops throughout the United States and Europe and has written more than 100 songs, including “We’re Blessed,” “Rivers of Joy,” “Give Me A Clean Heart,” “If It Had Not Been For The Lord On My Side,” “Trees,” “I’m Glad,” “He Decided To Die,” and “What Shall I Render.” Her songs have been recorded by the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Tammi Bakker, Pastor Shirley Caesar, the Rev. James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of

‘How Sweet the Sound’ Reveals L.A.’s Role in Gospel Music History

A new exhibit reveals Black L.A.’s key role in the evolution of gospel music. “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles” uses vintage photographs, video recordings and other memorabilia to tell how African American artists and churches created a global musical phenomenon. The multi-media presentation is at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park until August 26. The historical display charts the Black religious experience in Los Angeles from 1872 to the early 1970s. Within that timeframe, a range of innovators and ministries are highlighted for their contributions to the genre. Starting with Biddy Mason, the founder of First AME

Gospel music speeches bring financial music to students’ ears

Five high school seniors won college scholarship awards totaling $3,750 for their speeches about gospel music during the Heritage Music Foundation’s (HMF) 2017 Gospel Music Festival. Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux, CEO and founder of the foundation, hosts the contest each year during HMF’s month-long celebration of gospel music. Over the course of 13 years, HMF has awarded $37,500 to more than 50 students, thanks to donations from friends of Heritage who believe in helping young people and are passionate about education. The event precedes Heritage’s national annual conference set for June 21-24 in Los Angeles. At the gathering, the organization