the lives of many Los Angeles families.
A prominent community activist in Los Angeles, Alice Harris has dedicated her life to mentoring youth and providing assistance to people who are disadvantaged or underserved. She is the executive director of Parents of Watts, a social services organization that she started out of her home in the mid-1960s as a way to alleviate tensions in her culturally diverse neighborhood after the 1965 riots.
The nonprofit organization, which was incorporated in 1983, encourages children to stay in school and avoid drugs. Operating on a shoestring budget out of eight homes on Lou Dillon Avenue, the organization’s programs provide emergency food and shelter for the homeless, prepare teenagers for college and the job market, and offer drug counseling, health seminars and parenting classes.
I stand firmly with anyone else who is committed to staying in the fight, as together we move toward the Watts imagined by heroes... present Sweet Alice Harris... and 50 years into the future.
Shout out to "Sweet" Alice Harris for her tremendous community leadership to Parents of Watts.
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