Services will be held this week for Willis Edwards, a civil rights and political activists who was well-known in the African American community of Los Angeles.
On Friday, July 20, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. there will be “An Evening of Reflections” at the Angelus Funeral Home, 3875 Crenshaw Boulevard.
On Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. “A Celebration of Life” funeral services at the First AME Church, 2270 South Harvard Boulevard.
Edwards was a former president of the NAACP’s Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch. The Urban Issues Forum calls him an “activist’s activist.”
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called him a personal friend and a partner in the “struggle for equality and justice.”
“The legacy of Willis Edwards is that he made the impossible, possible; he fought the unjust for justice; he spoke boldly in the places of silence; and he stood tall and fearless as a leader when others cowered. We are a better city, nation and world because of the excellence of Willis Edwards,” said the mayor in a statement released after Edwards’ death.
In lieu of flowers, mourners are asked to send a donation to:
Beverly Hills-Hollywood NAACP, ACT-SO
1680 North Vine Street, Suite 700
Hollywood, CA 90028
Read a full obituary of Edwards at the Los Angeles Times.
Photo courtesy of Urban Issues Forum