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January 21, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine a national center of black culture and activism, another Third Street Promenade, and a place for children to run and play and adults to share a meal and read the paper--all rolled into one. Such are the dreams for newly rededicated Leimert Plaza Park. Until it was closed for $677,000 in renovations one year ago, the one-acre patch of grass and concrete was the most heavily used park in Los Angeles and a center of political and cultural activism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine a national center of black culture and activism, another Third Street Promenade, and a place for children to run and play and adults to share a meal and read the paper--all rolled into one. Such are the dreams for newly rededicated Leimert Plaza Park. Until it was closed for $677,000 in renovations one year ago, the one-acre patch of grass and concrete was the most heavily used park in Los Angeles and a center of political and cultural activism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1989 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, Times Staff Writer
Saying their hands were tied by the terms of a 61-year-old deed, Los Angeles officials have told sponsors of a popular African cultural festival that the monthly event can no longer be held at the city-owned Leimert Plaza in the Crenshaw District. The decision prompted about 60 supporters of Afrikan Culture Day on Monday to protest at City Hall what they called a "bureaucratic outrage," and a spokesman for Mayor Tom Bradley said that the matter will be investigated.
BUSINESS
December 30, 1992 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christmas and Hanukkah observances have ended. However, some Americans are still buying ceremonial candles, ordering food for special feasts, acquiring seasonal clothing and purchasing special gifts for loved ones. And that's good news for entrepreneurs who sell or make products used in the observance of Kwanzaa, a year-end celebration that evokes African culture for Americans of African descent.
BUSINESS
December 30, 1992 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christmas and Hanukkah observances have ended. However, some Americans are still buying ceremonial candles, ordering food for special feasts, acquiring seasonal clothing and purchasing special gifts for loved ones. And that's good news for entrepreneurs who sell or make products used in the observance of Kwanzaa, a year-end celebration that evokes African culture for Americans of African descent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Walter H. "Tim" Leimert Jr., scion of the real estate family whose developments include Leimert Park in Los Angeles, has died. He was 82. Leimert died Jan. 21 at his Los Angeles home of natural causes, his company announced. The Walter H. Leimert Co. now will be headed by his son, Walter H. Leimert III. Tim Leimert was born in Oakland, where his grandfather, Louis, began building commercial buildings in the late 1880s and where his father founded the Walter H. Leimert Co. in 1902.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1995 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 200 people, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, turned out Saturday in Los Angeles to protest the murder conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist and political activist who some believe was framed for the 1981 slaying of a police officer in Philadelphia. The demonstration was part of a national day of protest on behalf of Abu-Jamal, who had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday but received an indefinite stay of execution pending a defense effort to get him a new trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Matt Hamilton
In the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park, protesters were determined to have a peaceful rally on Tuesday night - and they appeared to be keeping it that way. By 9 p.m., the atmosphere was entirely different than the end of Monday's protest, when some people left the main event and stomped on cars, stormed into a Wal-Mart and assaulted a TV reporter and cameraman. On Tuesday night, demonstrators made it clear they arrived to hold a peaceful rally. And they sought to keep their members in line.
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February 17, 2009 | Rachel Levin
Like a West African bantaba -- a spiritual gathering place for the community -- leafy Leimert Plaza Park is the anchor to Leimert Park Village, a center of L.A.'s African American art and culture. Sunday African drum circles, impromptu domino games and cultural events like the Martin Luther King Day Parade and celebration all find a place within its triangular bounds. The area, developed by Walter H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2008 | John L. Mitchell
Back in the 1920s, developer Walter H. Leimert built a neighborhood on farmland where soy once grew. He donated a piece of land to the city, and in exchange, the city named it after him: Leimert Park. Today you can stroll through Leimert Park Plaza -- a small, triangular patch of greenery at the foot of the Baldwin Hills -- sit on a bench, listen to water cascading in the fountain and, on special occasions, watch dancers move to the rhythms of African drums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1989 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, Times Staff Writer
Saying their hands were tied by the terms of a 61-year-old deed, Los Angeles officials have told sponsors of a popular African cultural festival that the monthly event can no longer be held at the city-owned Leimert Plaza in the Crenshaw District. The decision prompted about 60 supporters of Afrikan Culture Day on Monday to protest at City Hall what they called a "bureaucratic outrage," and a spokesman for Mayor Tom Bradley said that the matter will be investigated.
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November 3, 2005 | Cindy Chang, Special to The Times
IT'S hard to imagine a homier hangout on a cool, overcast Sunday afternoon than 5th Street Dick's Coffeehouse in Leimert Park. A trio led by a beaming, bespectacled drummer nailed straight-ahead jazz. My date and I sat on a plump couch near two old men who chimed in occasionally on their saxophones, seeming sometimes part of the audience and sometimes part of the band.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Hundreds of people gathered Saturday in Leimert Park to hear speeches and witness reenactments commemorating the 50 th anniversary of the March on Washington. The events began about 9 a.m. with a march along Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards to Leimert Park Plaza, near 43 rd Street and Degnan Boulevard in the historic center of the city's black cultural arts district. A rally in the plaza featured actor Keith David portraying the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
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