L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Library plans talk on first black attorney

LOS ANGELES — A talk on African-American lawyer Walter Gordon Jr. will be presented at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

Gordon was the first African-American lawyer to open a practice on Central Avenue in 1939, a time when there were few black attorneys in the city.

Throughout his career, Gordon mentored generations of black lawyers and represented hundreds of African-American clients, including jazz singer Billie Holiday.

Alva Moore Stevenson, a local historian and recent retiree from the UCLA Library, will give the talk.

Information: www.lapl.org/branches/hyde-park.

Religious program

marks 40th anniversary

LOS ANGELES — The 40th anniversary of the Ever Increasing Faith television program takes place April 22 at the FaithDome, 7901 S. Vermont Ave.

The show, which first broadcasted in 1978 on KTTV, is a television ministry for Apostle Frederick Price and the Crenshaw Christian Center.

The celebration will be recorded live and attendees will view video presentations of testimonies by people influenced by the ministry.

Information: (323) 565-4138.

Information offered

on summer coding

LOS ANGELES — Information sessions for a youth summer coding program will take place at 7 p.m. April 24 and 25 at The Cube, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Suite 220.

The sessions, organized by nonprofit Teens Exploring Technology, will offer attendees information on its Summer Coding Leadership Academy. Participants also will learn how to network with technology and business leaders, how to develop as an entrepreneur, and more.

The event is open to black and brown boys from eighth to 10th grade and their parents.

Information: http://exploringtech.org/scla.

Museum plans

tribute to Dolo

LOS ANGELES — The 35th annual Tribute to Dolo Jazz Concert will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. April 22 at the Museum of African American Art, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Dolo Coker, a black jazz pianist born in 1927, will be celebrated that day, as will the recipients of the Charles “Dolo” Coker Jazz Scholarship.

Among the performers that night include vocalists Betty Bryant and Barbara Morrison, who will join the Donald Dean Jazz All Stars band for a live set.

Refreshments will be provided. General admission is $25 and $15 for students. All proceeds will go to student jazz musicians.

Information: www.dolocokerjazz.org, (323) 935-1374.

Torch Awards

to honor three

MARINA DEL REY — The 2018 Torch Awards will celebrate African-American leaders and scholarship recipients beginning at 5 p.m. April 21 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 4375 Admiralty Way.

Kiesha Nix, executive director of the Lakers Youth Foundation, will be honored along with the president of the Los Angeles Sparks Christine Simmons and Phillip A. Washington, CEO of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Proceeds from the event will go to Legacy Ladies, Inc.’s scholarship program, an organization that provides services to South L.A.

Information: www.legacyladiesinc.com.

Discussion on

civil rights planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A town hall discussion on civil rights and the significance of the year 1968 will be presented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Watts Labor Community Action Center, 10950 S. Central Ave.

The American Association of Retired Persons is hosting the event in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the civil rights era of the late 1960s. Activities are also planned that will highlight “Black future” as it pertains to housing, entrepreneurship and wealth.

Panelists include housing expert Lori R. Gay, financial psychologist Anita R. Johnson and brand strategist Sheila Coates, among others.

Food and beverages will be provided. The event is free but registration is encouraged.

RSVP: (877) 926-8300, aarp.cvent.com/AARPCA1968.

Festival of Books

planned at USC

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 22 at the University of Southern California.

Considered the largest book festival in the country, the event will feature famous authors, celebrities, comic books, films, exhibits, cooking demos and more.

Festival speakers include actress and television host Vivica A. Fox, hip hop artist KRS-One, and the daughter of Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali, and more.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to take public transportation.

Information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Woman’s health expo

planned by KJLH

LONG BEACH — KJLH radio station will host its annual Women’s Health Expo from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Attendees of the live broadcast event can get free health screenings and massages, attend a live comedy show or panel discussions, and more.

Gift bags and prizes, including a trip giveaway, will be given out.

Registration: kjlhradio.com.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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