African Americans and Los Angeles
Dr. Michael Cheers, Leimert Plaza Park
A man dances at a Leimert Plaza Park festival. The Leimert Park neighborhood, located in South Los Angeles, is known for its vibrant arts scene, and the park itself is host to events ranging from the annual Kwanzaa festival to a weekly drum circle. The park has also long been a gathering place for community activism, from demonstrations against South African apartheid in the 1980s to recent protests against police brutality in cases such as Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner.