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City Hall memorial service planned for Battle-Bey
Marva Smith Battle-Bey
Black Women's Network
, Gloria Gilmore, Marva Smith Battle-Bey
, Mayor Tom Bradley, Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation
, William A. Holland
LOS ANGELES - Memorial services for longtime community advocate Marva Smith Battle-Bey will take place this weekend.
A public viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m.
April 15 at Angelus Funeral Home
, 3875 Crenshaw Blvd., and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., April 16, in the Council Chambers of Los Angeles City Hall
, 200 N. Spring St. Parking is available at City Hall East.
Battle-Bey, the longtime president and CEO of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, died April 7.
The cause of death was not announced.
had worked for almost 40 years to strengthen the economy in South Los Angeles.
In 2008, Battle-Bey
took advantage of the community's changing demographics to negotiate with El Super, part of a large Mexican grocery chain, to open a store in South L.A.
left a company that only she
could have built, and her
spirit will forever be the foundation of [our organization]."
grew up in Detroit, Michigan, with two brothers and a sister.
Battle-Bey received a scholarship to Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning.
She later received another scholarship from USC, where she earned her master's degree in urban and regional planning, another master's in public administration and a Ph.D. in urban studies.
While in school, she
became an early champion of diversity when she
created "An Evening of Soul," a program designed to share the best of African-American culture with her
fellow students, staff and faculty.
Upon graduation, she
served on the precursor to the USC Black Alumni Association
, using her
leadership skills to raise scholarship money for students of color, and, in particular, African-American students.
In addition to leading the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, Battle-Bey also served as president of the Black Women's Network, an organization dedicated to economic development, networking and wellness.
was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Economic Justice Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and an NAACP Image Award.
also was named one of the "Most Powerful African-American Women in Los Angeles," by the Los Angeles Times
and LA Focus newspapers.
Battle-Bey is survived by Dr. Stephon F. Battle-Bey, her companion of 30 years; her sister Gloria Gilmore, and brothers Doward Smith and Troy Rials of Detroit, Michigan.