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What A Sweet Lady
By Brian W. Carter, Crenshaw & Around Editor/Staff Writer
Published December 29, 2015

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Sweet doesn’t even begin to describe the endearing woman that is Alice Harris.

A community activist, Sweet Alice’s humble beginnings gave her the heart to love and help. Her advocacy in Watts would bring about change and give a voice to the voiceless. Harris was orchestral in getting the Martin Luther King Hospital built in the area, building a bridge between the Black and Brown communities of Watts and establishing the Parents of Watts, Inc in 1979, which continues to operate to this day with more than 15 programs in eight houses, purchased by Harris, that provide emergency food and shelter, family counseling, tutoring, parenting classes, employment training, literacy courses, college and career preparation, and housing assistance for anyone who needs it.

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Harris is dedicated to keeping kids off drugs and pursuing an education and/or vocation for a successful life. At 81, Harris has been recognized over the years for tireless work and efforts which include being recognized and honored with an award by Essence magazine 1993, receiving the Woman of the Year in honor in 2002, receiving the Minerva Award from the Women’s Conference in 2007 and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Southern California in 2008.

She was recently honored at the 50th Year Celebration Gala at JW Marriott at LA LIVE, where guests from all over the nation congratulated Harris for life’s achievements. Sweet Alice is truly an extraordinary woman and will continue her work in the community in the new year.

Happy New Year from Crenshaw & Around!!!

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