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JUANITA TATE, CIVIL RIGHTS HERO (1938-2004)

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2004

Juanita TateJuanita Tate, a longtime community activist and founder of Concerned Citizens of South-Central Los Angeles, passed away on July 5, 2004, after suffering a stroke two days earlier. Juanita collapsed as she was preparing to lead a tour of Concerned Citizens’ revitalized Mount Zion Towers, a residence for senior citizens.

Juanita Tate is our hero, our inspiration, and our long time client. The City Project had the honor of representing her and Concerned Citizens in the people’s victories for state parks in the Cornfield, Taylor Yard, and the Baldwin Hills. We represented her in the fight to stop sewer odors that violate clean water laws.

We share the vision for schools with playing fields open to the community, and for using parks, school yards, and soccer as organizing tools to bring people together. We represented her in the campaign to stop the LANCER incinerator—an early environmental justice victory in the 1980’s.

Juanita is survived by her two sons, the Rev. Eugene Williams and Mark Williams, and her daughter Noreen McClendon, who is the new Executive Director of Concerned Citizens. We will continue the struggle for equal justice for all with her children and her community.

Rev. Williams told the Los Angeles Times, “My mother knew that her time was getting short. She was very passionate about making sure we understood every aspect of how organizations run. We are prepared. The only thing we weren’t prepared for was not being able to have her here.”

The family requests that any donations be sent to Concerned Citizens of South-Central Los Angeles, 4707 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011.