L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Reception promotes peace and activism

TORRANCE — The Platform for Peace L.A. is holding its second annual reception for peace, faith and family from 10 a.m. to noon, March 18, at the Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way.

Civil rights activist “Sweet Alice” Harris of Parents of Watts, will give the keynote address “Peace and Love is Possible in the Community.”

After witnessing the 1965 Watts Riots firsthand, Sweet Alice formed the Black and Brown Committee to ease friction between black and Hispanic residents.

This initiative became the Parents of Watts, now comprised of 15 community programs that provide services ranging from training for new parents, self-esteem building and English classes for recent immigrants.

The event will include refreshments as well as complimentary gift bags and drawing tickets to the first 50 women.

Information: mothernature7@gmail.com.

Masked Ball raises

funds for students

LOS ANGELES — The United Negro College Fund presents its annual Mayor’s Masked Ball from 6 p.m. to midnight March 18, on the third level ballroom at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd.

The event will include a live auction, dancing and entertainment.

Formal attire, including a black tie and mask, is required.

Tickets are $500

Information: http://bit.ly/2lLhqUO.

Discussion planned

on L.A. black riots

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vernon Branch Library, 4504 S. Central Ave., is hosting a discussion centered on “Black Fire: Riot and Revolt in Los Angeles, 1965 and 1992,” a chapter in Part IV of the 2001 book “Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 16.

The program will feature Peter J. Harris, who won an American Book Award for “The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My ‘Unalienable Right’” in 2015; and Lynne Thompson, author of the book of poetry “Beg No Pardon”; as well as Skira Martinez, the head curator and owner of the Cielo Gallery, a multifunctional art space in South Los Angeles; and Peter Woods, the co-owner of Writ Large Press, a downtown-based small press.

Information: (323) 234-9106

Black women’s group

plans afternoon tea

TORRANCE — The Los Angeles Chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women presents a Women’s Empowerment Afternoon Tea fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at the Holiday Inn-Torrance, 19800 S. Vermont Ave.

Keynote speakers will be Melba Carter, Cynthia Oredugba, Tasha Higgins, La Necla Vicknair and Kiola Raines.

Tickets are $40.

Information: (310) 529-4777 or http://100bwla.wixsite.com/tickets.

Writers’ workshop

series planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The A.C. Bilbrew Library is hosting a series of free writers’ workshops, open to both beginners and published authors, on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. 150 E. El Segundo Blvd.

The instructor is Odie Hawkins of the Watts Writers Workshop. The co-instructor is Patricia Forte, author of “The Cambridge Way” and “All Aboard.”

The topics covered will be: nonfiction/fiction novels and novellas, story outline and structure, premise, character profile and publishing strategies.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Women in comics

share experiences

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A panel of female comic book authors and illustrators will discuss their experiences in the field and display some recent work from noon to 2 p.m. March 18 at the Vernon Branch Library, 4504 S. Central Ave.

Presenters include: Cecil Castellucci (“Boy Proof,” “The Plain Janes,” “Odd Duck”), Sarah Kuhn (“Barbie,” “Heroine Complex”), Talya Perper (“Steven Universe”), Christina Rice (“My Little Pony”) and Christina Strain (Marvel).

Information: (323) 234-9106.

Documentary traces

history of feminism

INGLEWOODFilmmaker Jennifer Hall Lee will screen her documentary “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation” at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Inglewood Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall.

Lee’s background is in visual effects. Her credits include “Beowolf,” “Pirates of the Carribean,” “Ghost” and “The Hunt for Red October.”

Her documentary includes interviews with well-known feminists such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, and others such as Frances M. Beal, co-founder of the Black Women’s Liberation Committee.

Information: (310) 412-5380 or library.cityofinglewood.org.

Auto Club offers

family travel plan

INGLEWOOD — The Automobile Club of Southern California will give a free presentation on trip planning at 6:30 p.m. March 21, at the Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

The session features information on the most popular family destinations. Afterwards, travel agents and specialists from select travel providers will be available for individual questions and assistance.

Information: (310) 412-5380 or library.cityofinglewood.org

Chamber presents

annual awards show

LOS ANGELES — The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce will conduct its 24th annual awards show beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception March 23 at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd. Dinner and the awards program begins at 7 p.m.

Awards will be presented to Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Vincent Craney, diversity manager for Southern California Edison; and Stephanie Wiggins deputy CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer will be the keynote speaker and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson will be the guest emcee.

Information: (310) 216-4722.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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