Leimert Park, CA–I moderated a panel in Leimert Park this week, after Black business owners closed a multi-million dollar deal on a historic property.
The panel was on the importance of ownership in the Black community and included the granddaughter of Marcus Garvey, Nzinga Garvey, Robert Saucedo of Community Build in Leimert Park and Tommy L. Johnson of Originals Nation.
Earlier this week, Anthony Jolly of Hot and Cool Cafe, Akil West of Sole Folks, Ade Neff of Ride On! Bike Shop and Dr. Dove of the Kingdom Day Parade, closed a deal on the multiplex Leimert Park property where their businesses are located.
A community celebration was held on Wednesday, the same day the business owners made the official announcement.
The community celebration had live music and performances, activities for the kids, as well as local vendors. Chef Keith Corban of Alta in the Adams district also stopped by to celebrate, bringing some super delicious West African inspired soup for the community.
My full article on the building purchase as well as future plans for the property, will be published soon on the Black-owned real estate platform, In The Building L.A.
Read my initial coverage of the Black business owners bid for the property below.