*(Los Angeles) — 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 on Saturday.
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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