Japan & Black L.A. Initiative: Crenshaw Tour and lunch with UMC Clergy

On March 28, Consul General toured the Crenshaw district to learn about the Japanese American history of the community and how the African American and Japanese American communities lived side-by-side during the pre-war and post-war periods.

Rev. Mark Nakagawa, California Pacific Conference West District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church (UMC), led the tour. Stops included Senshin Buddhist Temple, Rev. Nakagawa’s childhood home, the site of the original Centenary United Methodist Church, and Seinan Senior Citizens Center.

Bishop Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, District Superintendent Rev. Mark Nakagawa, and Black UMC clergy members of local congregations joined the lunch that followed. They discussed ideas on how to further develop the Japan & Black L.A. Initiative and strengthen relations between the communities in the areas of culture, education, and business.