Thank You, Sweet Alice!

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60 Years of Service - Thank You Sweet Alice 2021

Airing Date: May 7th, 2021​

Thank You Message

Video Segments

  • 60 Years Later: Conversation clips with “Sweet” Alice Harris
  • 25 clips of short videos: “Thank you” messages from local dignitaries, celebrities, and influential leaders
  • “Sweet” Alice influence: Los Angeles & Watts (Then and Now)
  • L.A. landmark highlights (Martin Luther King Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Watts Towers, etc.)

Personalized Videos Include:

  • Holly Mitchell (L.A. County Supervisor)
  • Janice Hahn (L.A. County Supervisor)
  • Mark Ridley-Thomas (10th District Councilmember)
  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson (NBA Hall of Famer)
  • Diane Feinstein (U.S. Senator)
  • Steve Soboroff (Los Angeles Police Commissioner)
  • Mike Gipson (Assemblymember)
  • Cecil “Chip” Murray (President of First A.M.E. Methodist Church)
  • Egerton Forster (CEO of Food Bank)
  • Ronald Fisher, Jr. (Deputy at Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors)
  • Pat Harvey (CBS News Anchor)
    ..and more


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About Parents of Watts

Incorporated in 1983, Parents of Watts is a nonprofit organization that encourages children to stay in school and avoid drugs. Operating on a shoestring budget out of eight homes on Lou Dillon Avenue, the organization’s programs provide emergency food and shelter for the homeless, prepare teenagers for college and the job market, and offer drug counseling, health seminars and parenting classes.

About "Sweet" Alice Harris

A prominent community activist in Los Angeles, Alice Harris has dedicated her life to mentoring youth and providing assistance to people who are disadvantaged or underserved. She is the executive director of Parents of Watts, a social services organization that she started out of her home in the mid-1960s as a way to alleviate tensions in her culturally diverse neighborhood after the 1965 riots.

Affectionately known as “Sweet Alice” for her generosity and empathy, Harris collects toys and clothing that she distributes to children every Christmas. She is a highly regarded neighborhood advocate who works closely with elected officials and often serves as a liaison between parents and their children’s schools. She is well-known for speaking her mind in pursuing equal services and opportunities for her fellow residents and for also countering any resistance she gets from uncooperative parents, school administrators or city officials with her trademark question: “Do you want to be part of the building crew or the wrecking crew?

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