Making WAVES For Black History Month: Brenda Marsh-Mitchell

Brenda Marsh-Mitchell was an icon in Los Angeles, who devoted the last 45 years of her life to the community—- from neighborhood empowerment and political enfranchisement to economic development and familial quality of life issues.

She was exceptionally organized and mobilized successful marches, rallies, receptions, community service events, fundraisers and political campaigns like only she could throughout her personal and professional life.

She assisted elected officials of The White House, Congress, State Senate, and City Council. She has worked with Churches, Ambassadors, Commissioners, CEO’s, Presidents of countries and corporations, and other respected members of the community.

Brenda founded and helmed Mothers In Action, a community service organization born out of the LA civil unrest and the organization lives on through the leadership of her family. She was also instrumental in the early workings of the Brotherhood Crusade and has been at the side of LA Sentinel founder Danny Bakewell Sr. for many years as his invaluable assistant. Brenda was the driving force behind the very successful Taste Of Soul Community Festival and their gospel stage will forever carry her name along with Brenda Marsh Mitchell Square in the Crenshaw District.

Brenda passed away suddenly in 2014 and her funeral service was a star studded affair with celebrities including soul singer and actress Brandi Norwood and the Rev. Jesse Jackson who delivered the eulogy. Brenda is survived by her three daughters who are all dedicated to carrying on their mother’s legacy.

We talk about their mother’s legacy below:

Segment 1 – Tracy and Tamela Mitchell, daughters of the late community activist Brenda Marsh Mitchell, share memories from their mother’s funeral services which were attended by hundreds of friends, family, community leaders and celebrities like the Rev. Jesse jackson and singer and actress Brandy Norwood

Segment 2 – Tracy and Tamela talk about some of the important lessons their Mother taught them and about how she spearheaded the creation of the Taste of soul Family festival

Segment 3 – Tracy and Tamela talk about their mother’s legacy and why they are pleased to see her recognized for her accomplishments

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