Los Angeles Sentinel
TypeWeekly newspaper
PublisherDanny J. Bakewell
Founded1933; 91 years ago (1933)
Headquarters3800 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90008
United States

The Los Angeles Sentinel is a weekly African-American owned newspaper published in Los Angeles, California. The paper boasts of reaching 125,000 readers as of 2004, making it one of the oldest, largest and most influential African-American newspapers in the Western United States. The Sentinel was also noted for their coverage of the changing African-American daily life experience in the post-1992 Los Angeles Riots era.[1]

The Sentinel was founded in 1933 by Leon H. Washington Jr. for Black readers.[2] Since that time, the newspaper has been considered a staple of Black life in Los Angeles.[3] The paper mainly focuses on and thus enjoys most of its circulation in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, Inglewood and Compton. The office is on Crenshaw Boulevard with commercial corridor in the Hyde Park neighborhood which is known as "the heart of African American commerce in Los Angeles".

On March 17, 2004, the Sentinel was purchased and came under the direction of real estate developer and community activist Danny Bakewell.[4] He planned to provide the diversity of thought that exists among African Americans with opinion columns and editorials. He also wanted to cover business and reach young people.[5]

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  1. ^ Thornton, Michael C. (2011). "Meaningful Dialogue? The Los Angeles Sentinel's Depiction of Black and Asian American Relations, 1993-2000". Journal of Black Studies. 42 (8): 1275–1298. doi:10.1177/0021934711410316. JSTOR 41304584. S2CID 145117951.
  2. ^ Hodder, Kevin (December 18, 2011). "Leon H. Washington Jr. (1907-1974)". The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Carr, Elston (June 13, 1993). "CRENSHAW : Los Angeles Sentinel to Relocate Offices". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Danny Bakewell takes over Sentinel". L.A. Observed. November 25, 2005. Archived from the original on November 25, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  5. ^ Zavala, Val (January 1, 2005). "Life & Times Transcripts: 05/17/04 - Includes interview with Danny Bakewell". KCET Life and Times. Archived from the original on January 1, 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  6. ^ Jackson-Fossett, Cora (October 10, 2019). "Black Political Cartoonist Heightens Awareness of Current Events". Los Angeles Sentinel.