After totaling donations made at a Carsonrally and from listeners to Los Angeles arearadio station KJLH-FM, more than $2,000 was donated to the Kendrec McDadeMemorial Fund to help defray the cost of funeral services for 19-year-oldkilled on March 24 by Pasadenapolice after a false 911 report of an armed robbery.
On Tuesday, April 3, Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson leda rally in the South Bay city calling forjustice for Trayvon Martin and for donations to help bury Kendrec McDade. Withmore than a hundred rally participants attending, including Carson Mayor JimDear, Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes, the Nation of Islam’s Minister TonyMuhammad, Pastor Michael Fisher of Comptonand others raised more than $500.
The rally came a day after Kenneth McDade, the father ofKendrec McDade, made an emotional plea for financial help on KJLH’s FrontPage radio program, resulting in donations totaling more than $1,500. Donorstraveled to the Inglewood-based radio station to drop off donations. Thosedonors included Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace Foundation founder KhalidShaw who presented a check for $200 while McDade was still on air. Donationswere also sent directly to Chase Bank, where the family has set up the memorialfund in order to help raise the $10,000 needed to bury the Citrus Collegestudent’s body on Saturday, April 7.
KJLH will continue to accept donations on behalf of thefamily through 6 p.m. on Friday April 6. Donations can also be made in thename of Kendrec McDade at any Southland Chase Bank.
Owned by Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions, KJLH is theleading broadcast radio station for African Americans in Southern California. It is the Los Angeles home for the Steve Harvey Morning Show andDominique DiPrima’s award-winning Front Page, which focuses on AfricanAmerican issues.