‘March for Justice and Unity” Sparks Outcry to Stop Police Brutality

March For Justice -  March and Rally held in the Crenshaw Distrcit of Los Angeles, California, USA.  February 21, 2015.  March started at LAPD Headquarters on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and proceeded to Leimert Park. In attendance were Danny Blakewell,  Rev. Exavier Thompson, Congress Woman Karen Bass, and members of the Ezell Ford family.  Ford was shot to death by LAPD officiers in August of 1984.  This march was a protest of police violence and brutality and coincided with similar marches across the country as well as the 50th Anniversay of the slaying of Malcom X. Photo by SCOTT Mitchell
(l-r Centered) Rev. Xavier Thompson; President, Baptist Ministers’ Conference L.A. and Danny Bakewell, Sr.; Executive Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel chant for Justice at the March for Justice and Unity in Los Angeles. Photo by SCOTT Mitchell

(Los Angeles-February 21, 2015) The Black Leadership Coalition spearheaded by Los Angeles Executive Publisher,Danny Bakewell, Sr. and Baptist Ministers Conference L.A. President Reverend Xavier Thompson led the March for Justice and Unity today. The two-mile march began in front of the Southwest Los Angeles Police Department on M.L. King Blvd. and ended with a rally at Leimert Park on Crenshaw. Approximately a thousand concerned community leaders and people participated in this well planned March to protest police violence, brutality and racial profiling.

The family of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old man who was described as mentally ill by family members, was fatally shot by LAPD officers nearly four months ago and Jamar Nicholson, an unarmed15 year old was shot in the back by a police officer this week.

Some of the participating leaders included, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Council President Herb Wesson, Senator Isadore Hall, National Action Network’s Rev. K.W. Tulloss & Rev. Jonathan Moseley, Urban League’s Nolan Rollins, Brotherhood Crusade’s Charisse Bremond Weaver, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Minister Tony Muhammad, along with several union leaders, churches, fraternities, sororities, political clubs, community organizations, and the African-American community.

About the Black Leadership Coalition

The Black Leadership Coalition was the brainchild of Reverend Xavier Thompson; President, Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Los Angeles and Pastor, Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles.  Rev. Thompson resides over 300 churches in Los Angeles and Danny Bakewell, Sr.; Executive Publisher, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper.  The purpose of the Coalition is to have the individual groups who are seeking justice and unity to come together for one common goal.  For more information visit: www.lasentinel.net


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