Jacqueline Dupont-Walker

Black Lines Matter: The Fight Over Redistricting Lines in Los Angeles

: Council Districts (CDs) 8, 9 and 10 saw minimal changes in the final draft map to be submitted to the Los Angeles City Council by the Redistricting Commission. The adopted draft map, which passed by a 15-6 vote, featured adjustments to the three CDs with the city’s highest numbers of voting age African Americans. Most notably, Exposition Park is now located in CD 8.

South L.A. Residents Testify Before Redistricting Commission

The comments were delivered at the latest public hearing that the commission hosted as part of the redistricting process, which requires that the boundaries of council districts be redrawn following each census and that each district be approximately equal in size.

Black Women Execs Recognized and Celebrated in Sisterhood

Despite the rigors of leading businesses and corporations while balancing families and various ventures, a group of influential African American women and other executives gathered at the LA84 Foundation in the West Adams neighborhood of South L.A., to celebrate businesswomen Cynthia Guidry, and Stephanie Wiggins for accepting CEO positions at Long Beach Airport and L.A.Metro.

Community Education Town Hall Highlights Nov. 6 Election

AME SoCal Lay Organization event to feature state and county candidates for office Propositions and candidates in the upcoming mid-term election will be vetted and explained at the Community Education Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The forum will be held on Lay Witness Night during the AME Church’s Southern California Annual Conference, which runs from Oct. 17, through Oct. 21, at the LAX Hilton Hotel, 5711 W Century Blvd., in Los Angeles. Bishop Clement W. Fugh will preside over the conference and Pastor Dwaine A. Jackson of Bryant Temple AME Church will host the session. Town

Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Spiritual and Social Justice Giant, Passes Away

Spiritual giant and champion for social justice are frequently used to describe the Right Rev. Cornal Garnett Henning, Sr. Known locally and internationally as a passionate religious leader and human rights advocate, Bishop Henning passed in Los Angeles on May 15. His celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd. in Los Angeles. Henning’s legacy in L.A. includes serving as pastor of Ward AME Church from 1972 to 1980 where he moved the ministry beyond the church walls to establish multiple community outreach and social service

Lay Witness Night Highlights AME SoCal Conference

Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church convened the Southern California Annual Conference (SCC) this week at the LAX Hilton Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd. in Los Angeles. The pastors and members of the 55 churches in the conference will participate in the business sessions, workshops and worship services. The gathering concludes with the Closing Worship and Commissioning Service on Sunday, October 29.  The Rev. Darryl Walker of New Philadelphia AME Church is the host pastor of the conference. Among the highlights is Lay Witness Night on Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m.

Ward AME Celebrates 115th Anniversary

Celebrating 115 years of ministry, Ward AME Church will hold several events to commemorate the historic milestone. According to Pastor John E. Cager III, the activities will highlight the anniversary theme, “Called out – A Chosen Church To Be Holy” based on I Peter 2:9-10. “Our celebration and rededication consists of three months of family-oriented, community programs developed by co-chairs Dessie Danztler, Alton Glaze and Dawn Comer,” said Cager.   “We invite the public to participate in what we refer to as ‘The Ward Experience.’” Events begin on Sunday, June 4, at 12 p.m., with “A Taste of Ward” featuring a


Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Policy Institute recognizes women who have contributed to their community and blazed a trail for the next generation of women leaders

Health Net Partners with Ward AME for Health Fair

Health Net teamed up with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Health Braintrust, and Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church to host a free Church Community Health Fair on July 31. Congressional Representatives Karen Bass (D-California) and Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) joined Ward members and community members to learn the importance of lifestyle behaviors on health and well-being. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Watts Health Center and Kindred Community Mental Health Center also participated. The fair offered health screenings including glucose and blood pressure, HIV, mental health, and activities such as Zumba classes, massage stations and giveaways. In addition, many attendees received