From the Los Angeles Public Library website, a request to dedicate the Ascot Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library at 120 Florence Ave. in honor of our late friend, poet and writer Wanda Coleman. You can click on the image above to find a larger file, or you can follow this link which will take you to the library's pdf.
Wanda remains a tremendous force and was one of those people who absolutely made some serious noise in the void leaving the world a much better place. I can tell you from personal experience over the many years I knew her, and from conversations with others, that she changed lives. Not only as a poet and writer, but as a mentor to countless individuals thru her direct love and support. Wanda wrote about how she was transformed by the library and the worlds of books she discovered in the stacks as a young girl growing up in Watts. What better way to honor not only Wanda, but our great city by celebrating and remembering one of our own. What better way to honor this library and all libraries by letting all those who enter know that knowledge is power and that greatness is born here.
Photo of Wanda Coleman by Rod Bradley
From December 2014 "Should L.A. have a Wanda Coleman Memorial Library?" is a wonderful piece by L.A. Times book critic David Ulin in support of the proposal.
Please take the time to write a letter and ask that the city of Los Angeles dedicate the Ascot Branch in Wanda's name:
Board of Library Commissioners
Los Angeles Public Library
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Or, send an email.
You have until June 26th, 2015. Keep those cards and letters coming. Thank you, whoever you are.