Opinion Street Beat

STREET BEAT: ‘What does Independence Day mean to you?’

Compiled by Debra Varnado in the historic West Adams neighborhood.

Frances Davis Vermont Knolls “Independence Day in the ’hood just means fireworks and M80s and loud noises. But really Independence Day probably means a day to remember that you are free.”
Frances Davis
Vermont Knolls
“Independence Day in the ’hood just means fireworks and M80s and loud noises. But really Independence Day probably means a day to remember that you are free.”
De’Ana Cooper Mid City “Being free, open and … yourself.  Back in the day … my ancestors were so closed in. They could only do a small amount of things. So, now we can actually be us and go out and strive.”
De’Ana Cooper
Mid City
“Being free, open and … yourself. Back in the day … my ancestors were so closed in. They could only do a small amount of things. So, now we can actually be us and go out and strive.”
Flora Wiley Exposition Park “Independence Day is the blessing to be in the land of the living. I am glad of that. I am 87. I can go out and have some cake … for my birthday on the sixth of July.”
Flora Wiley
Exposition Park
“Independence Day is the blessing to be in the land of the living. I am glad of that. I am 87. I can go out and have some cake … for my birthday on the sixth of July.”