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March 9, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of followers, nationally known preachers, government figures and relatives bade farewell Saturday to the late Rev. E.V. Hill at a marathon service steeped in tributes, tears and joyous proclamations of Gospel hope. The outpouring for the 69-year-old preacher and confidant of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. came during an hours-long service at West Angeles Cathedral on Crenshaw Boulevard. Hill was also remembered Friday night at Mt.
December 11, 1999 | Religion News Service
Leading African American clergy, including Bishop Charles E. Blake of the Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, have issued an open letter to black leaders urging them to address the AIDS crisis in Africa. "What verdict will our descendants render upon their ancestors who stood silently as a generation of African children were reduced to a biological underclass by this sexual holocaust?" said the letter, dated Tuesday.
April 14, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Bishop Charles E. Blake, the influential pastor of one of Southern California's largest churches, has been named presiding bishop of his denomination, the Church of God in Christ, based in Memphis, Tenn. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in the Crenshaw district, was formally appointed this week to lead the Pentecostal, largely African American denomination, which claims about 6 million members in the United States and abroad.
April 8, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel picked up the endorsement Monday of Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman with substantial sway among black voters in South Los Angeles. Waters is the latest in a succession of prominent African Americans in L.A. politics to take sides in the May 21 runoff between Greuel, the city controller, and Eric Garcetti, a city councilman. Black voters, particularly in South L.A., are one of the biggest voting blocs up for grabs. Relatively few blacks backed Greuel or Garcetti in the March 5 primary, opting instead for City Councilwoman Jan Perry, the sole African American in the race.
January 13, 2005 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
Bishop Edwin J. Derensbourg thought the new parishioner with the Rolls-Royce and flashy clothes would bring a measure of prosperity to his modest United Christian Fellowship church in Palmdale. The parishioner, Phoebus Vincent Smith, said he wanted to make African Americans like himself rich through savvy investments. Derensbourg didn't know much about investing, but he reasoned that if "Mr. Vince" could help members of his black church prosper, his collection basket would reap dividends.
February 22, 1992
The slow but steady effort to make the Los Angeles Police Department be all that it can be, as one U.S. military organization might put it, is moving forward. The city has named members of the key committee that will produce a final list of candidates for the job of new LAPD police chief. The seven well-respected members are representative of the many interests and cultures of Los Angeles, and that's as it must be if the city is to feel that the new police chief is chief of all the people.
Bishop Wilford Allen Alexander, believed to be Orange County's longest-serving black clergyman, died of a heart attack at his Santa Ana home Wednesday. He was 77. Alexander served as pastor of the Gospel Light Church of God in Christ for 27 years. Described by family, parishioners and fellow clergymen as a humble man dedicated to his ministry, Alexander was the county's highest-ranking official of the Church of God in Christ, which has 4 million members worldwide.
April 1, 2003
The outnumbered troops hoped for cooperation from the civilians they had come to liberate. But instead of hugs and flowers, they got shrugs and scowls. Behind locked doors and barred windows, wary residents weighed options: remain tacitly loyal to those who rule by fear or speak up and risk a bullet in the back of the skull?
Eager for a mayor who is more responsive to black residents, several Los Angeles activists are already gearing up for the 1997 election. Immediate goals include increasing voter interest in local politics within the black community, as well as from members of the Latino and Asian communities, said James M. Thomas, director of community relations for the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. "We have similar struggles," Thomas said. "We need to get more people involved in the process.
April 7, 2003
The Boston minister was preaching intolerance, and hundreds of men and women packing the Crenshaw district's West Angeles Church of God in Christ Thursday nodded and shouted encouragement. The community must no longer tolerate gang violence, the preacher thundered. Los Angeles cannot allow "its children to hold it hostage." "Amen," the audience responded. "Amen." The rousing speaker was the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, and he came at the invitation of Bishop Charles E.
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