A community advocate and icon has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of justice and unity. Brenda Marsh-Mitchell succumbed to cardiac failure after being rushed to emergency surgery on August 2.
Marsh-Mitchell was the Special Assistant to Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel. She is credited with heading the organization of the annual “Taste of Soul Street Festival,” which has grown in popularity and been successfully held since 2008. She was also instrumental in increasing the number of Sentinel subscribers.
Bakewell said in a brief statement: "I am deeply saddened at the loss of my friend and confidant Brenda Marsh-Mitchell. Brenda loved and believed in family and dedicated her life to serving and fighting for what is best for our people. We ask everyone to continue to pray for her family and friends as we all adjust through these most difficult times."
Ms. Marsh-Mitchell was president and CEO of “Mothers in Action” of Los Angeles. The nonprofit provides services, information and serves as a platform for mothers to be heard through various outreach activities. As the director of community relations and vice president of governmental affairs with “Brotherhood Crusade,” Marsh-Mitchell mobilized thousands for the Million Man March and the annual homeless food program.
A lifelong Democrat, she was a member of the National Council of Negro Women. For many years, she worked alongside the late NCNW Executive Director, Dr. Meda H. Chamberlain.
Ms. Marsh-Mitchell’s life was dedicated to improving the quality of life for her family and her community. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with grandchildren Kennedy and Mitch.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 8 at 11am, at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Public viewing will take place prior to the service, from 9:30 to 10:45am. Interment will follow immediately at Inglewood Cemetery, 720 E. Florence Avenue, Inglewood, CA.
Public viewing will also take place on Thursday, August 7, from 12:30-8:00pm at
Angeles Funeral Home, 3875 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to: Mothers In Action, c/o Brotherhood Crusade, 200 East Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011.