A mural painted on the wall
of a convenience store in South Los Angeles features Martin Luther King, Jr.,
the Virgin of Guadalupe, and César Chávez. The mural was commissioned by
building owner Abel Jimenez and painted by an artist named Saul (last name
banner, Central Avenue, South Los Angeles. 2007.
school uniforms in English and Spanish, Market Street, Inglewood. 2009.
Vennie Mac Meat/
Carniceria, Inglewood. 2009.
Jazz musicians mural, Central Avenue, South Los Angeles.
A storefront on Central
Avenue in South Los Angeles advertises international calling cards in Spanish.
Thomas Jefferson High
School, South Los Angeles. Jefferson is now a predominantly Latina/o school and
has frequently been a site of sensationalized media coverage of Black-Latina/o
student conflict. 2009.
Detail of convenience store
mural depicting Martin Luther King, Jr., the Virgin of Guadalupe, and César
Chávez, South Los Angeles. Mural commissioned by Abel Jimenez and painted by an artist named Saul (last name unknown). 2009.
A Baptist church and the
Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día (Seventh Day Adventist church) share a space
in South Los Angeles, as a plane passes overhead en route to Los Angeles
International Airport. 2009.
“Bring the Change Home from
D.C. to South L.A,” Community Coalition, South Los Angeles. Nonprofit and
social justice organizations are an essential part of South Los Angeles’s
“Hope,” a mural by Miguel
Ramirez depicting Catholic religious figures, Black civil rights leaders, and
images of Central American political struggles, St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Church, Watts, South Los Angeles. In recent years, Irish pastor Peter Banks,
who gives services in English and Spanish, has made efforts to bring together
local Black and Latina/o populations, in particular those who live in the
nearby Nickerson Gardens housing projects. According to the artist, the mural,
completed in 2000, was intended to bring the people of Compton “hope and
dreams” at the opening of the new century. 2009. Copyright Miguel Ramirez.
Noni Olabisi’s 1995 mural
“To Protect and Serve,” painted on the wall of a building in Crenshaw that is
also home to a barber shop and a hair salon. The mural (commissioned by SPARC
and paid for by private funds after city funding fell through), illustrates
violence and injustice against Black people in the US, and the militant and
community-serving aspects of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP),
ending with a listing of the BPP’s Ten-Point Program. 2008. Copyright Noni Olabisi.
Empty lot, Market Street, Inglewood. Empty lots are
scattered throughout South Los Angeles due to lack of municipal investment.
Broadway Federal Bank,
Inglewood. With several branches throughout South Los Angeles, Broadway Federal
is a Black-owned bank that has served the community since 1946. 2009.
Three young teens enjoy
skateboarding at Rogers Park in Inglewood. Graffiti tags declare the presence
of the MS-13 (or Mara Salvatrucha) and Avalon Crips gangs. 2009.
The Los Angeles County Jail (Twin Towers Correctional
Facility) looms over pedestrians and businesses providing bail bonds in
downtown Los Angeles. African Americans and Latinas/os are strikingly
overrepresented in the prison system. 2009.
Street of single-family
homes off of Vermont Avenue, South Los Angeles, with a mix of Black and
Latina/o residents. 2009.
“Apartment for rent/ Se renta.”
Apartment buildings off of Figueroa Street, South Los Angeles. 2009.
in Crenshaw serves as a visible remnant of the area’s past as a predominantly
African American and Japanese American neighborhood. 2006.
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