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A cultural leader of South Los Angeles, Arturo Ybarra is committed to building relationships between the Latino and African-American communities. He serves as a member of Dr. Carlisle’s President’s Community Advisory Council.

Over two decades ago, Ybarra approached WLCAC to partner on Cinco de Mayo celebration. The annual multicultural celebration continues today at Watts Towers Arts Center, bridging differences between the two groups. In 1990, Ybarra founded the Watts Century Latino Organization when over 50 percent of the South Los Angeles was Latino, with a mission of building Latino leadership. The organization provides English as a second language classes, home ownership programs, financial education, computer access, and job training.

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