MaryB.Henry (1)A matriarch of South Los Angeles, Mary B. Henry advocated tirelessly for the underserved and shaped programs, policies, and institutions that improved lives in the community.

After the Watts Revolt, she was said to help glue the community together and joined in the establishment of CDU and the MLK Hospital. Years later, she served on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty task force, which created the national Head Start program. In South Los Angeles, Henry served as director of the Avalon-Carver Community Center, which provides services dictated by the needs of the community.¬†Throughout her life she was honored by many including Los Angeles Urban League, Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade,he Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year in 1967, National Council of Negro Women and Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Carter.

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