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Ujima Village Residents Still Waiting for Justice from Contamination

The groundbreaking ceremony for renovation of the $70-million Magic Johnson Park adjacent to Ujima Village where former resident have died from toxic contamination ExxonMobile was charged with cleaning up after demolition.

In Memory of Mr. Donald Brown 

Navaline Smith was the last lady standing when all other residents had been moved out to other location and some even became homeless and are dealing with related health issue after living in the contaminated site of Ujima Village for more than 30 years. 

Pictured is Dr. Ernie Smith, Ph.D. speaking during a community meeting held by Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas when the people expressed outraged over the brown water and toxins they have been exposed to as residents of Ujima Village. They are still seeking answers today after $70-million is being spent on the Magic Johnson Park. 

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Pat Harvey's Report on Ujima Village 

          Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC)                              Honors Black Businesses at Black History Awards Celebration  

  • (L-R) Mr. Ron Turner, General Sales Manager, 102.3 KJLH Radio, Jeanette Bolden, 27th Street Bakery in Los Angeles, Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Mr. Leo Sullivan
    (L-R) Mr. Ron Turner, General Sales Manager, 102.3 KJLH Radio, Jeanette Bolden, 27th Street Bakery in Los Angeles, Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Mr. Leo Sullivan
  • Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Apryl Sims who served as the Mistress of Ceremony for the VSEDC Black History Awards celebration.
    Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Apryl Sims who served as the Mistress of Ceremony for the VSEDC Black History Awards celebration.
  • (Left to Right) Mr. Byron Reed, Mr. Joseph T. Rouzan III and Mr. Jimar Wilson.
    (Left to Right) Mr. Byron Reed, Mr. Joseph T. Rouzan III and Mr. Jimar Wilson.
  • Desiree of Watts Coffee House preparing fresh omelets for everyone.
    Desiree of Watts Coffee House preparing fresh omelets for everyone.
  • Ms.Apryl Sims guests at her table enjoying moments in Black History with VSEDC.
    Ms.Apryl Sims guests at her table enjoying moments in Black History with VSEDC.
  • Arnetta Mack clapping during the VSEDC Black History Celebration.
    Arnetta Mack clapping during the VSEDC Black History Celebration.
  • Mr. Ian Foxx, of the Foxx Media Group LLC. Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
    Mr. Ian Foxx, of the Foxx Media Group LLC. Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
  • Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation staff.
    Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation staff.
  • Ms. Crysal Wells-Davis wowed the audience with beautiful rendition of the Black Negro National Anthem.
    Ms. Crysal Wells-Davis wowed the audience with beautiful rendition of the Black Negro National Anthem.
  • Rev. Frank Jackson,Jr. Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Mr. Terry Gubatan.
    Rev. Frank Jackson,Jr. Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Mr. Terry Gubatan.
  • Apryl Sims and staff of VSEDC.
    Apryl Sims and staff of VSEDC.
  • Dr. Zuurveen reflecting on Black History and the importance of passing it on to the next generation of young people.
    Dr. Zuurveen reflecting on Black History and the importance of passing it on to the next generation of young people.
(L-R) Mr. Ron Turner, General Sales Manager, 102.3 KJLH Radio, Jeanette Bolden, 27th Street Bakery in Los Angeles, Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Mr. Leo Sullivan
(L-R) Mr. Ron Turner, General Sales Manager, 102.3 KJLH Radio, Jeanette Bolden, 27th Street Bakery in Los Angeles, Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Mr. Leo Sullivan

PACE NEWS ON NBC4

PACE NEWS, a small publication in LA, has given the black community a voice for more than two decades. The publisher of the independent weekly, Gloria Zuurveen, seeks to give readers the stories that create conversations and change one page at a time. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4’s Black History Month: Life Connected Special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.(Published Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015)

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