The 10 year anniversary of the Val Verde African American Heritage Celebration will take place Saturday Feb. 24th, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Val Verde Park.
There will be special entertainment, including a surprise performance, soul food, music by local performers and a display of the archived documents, photos, newspaper clippings and more from Val Verde’s vibrant history including its “Black Palm Springs” during Los Angeles’ segregation era.
In honor of this the Val Verde African American Heritage Society is introducing the Iris Neal Val Verde Scholarship Award for students grade 2-12.
Mrs. Iris Neal resided in Val Verde for over 40 years with her husband Richard. Expressing high regard for Val Verde’s historical uniqueness she organized the Annual Val Verde African American Heritage Celebration in 2008. In honor of Mrs. Neal’s love for Val Verde and its notable history we introduce this scholarship for essays written on the history of Val Verde by students Grade levels 2-12.
The awards are:
$50 for grades 2-5 for a 1 page minimum essay
$100 for grades 6-8 for 2 page minimum essay
$150 for grades 9-12 for a 3 page minimum essay
Participants will read their essay during the African Heritage Celebration 02/24/18 at 1:30 pm at Val Verde Park. Participants must be current residents of the Val Verde Community. Scholarships will be awarded on the judging of the written essay only. Must be written in essay format.
In addition to the essay, creativity is encouraged through the use of:
– Interviews with Val Verde residents
– PowerPoint Presentation
Submissions can be sent by e-mail to ValVerdeHistory@gmail.com or students can bring them at the start of the event on Saturday at Noon. If you have any questions reach out to Rev. Latisha Smith at 626.616.2138 or shoot an email to email@example.com.