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Olympic Park Celebrates Jewel Thais-Williams Square

Saturday, October 5, 2019 City Council President Herb Wesson dedicated the intersection of Pico and Norton as “Jewel Thais-Williams Square” in a community event in front of the Catch One Club at the corner of Pico Blvd and Norton Avenue.

Thais-Williams opened the Catch One club in 1972 which ultimately became a disco-refuge for blacks who faced racial and gender discrimination in local white gay discos. She is known for her community service, co-founding the Minority AIDS Project and and the Imani Unidos Food Pantry in South L.A. and joining the Board of AIDS Project Los Angeles to bring their HIV/AIDS services “down to the hood.”

Council President Wesson shared on Facebook, “Today truly felt like a family reunion as we came together to name the intersection in front of the The Catch One Night Club as Jewel Thais-Williams Square in honor of this strong woman who spent her life fighting discrimination and serving the less fortunate.”

Today the Catch One club is owned and operated by Olympic Park Neighborhood Council President Mitchell Edelson  and is where OPNC meets on the first Monday of the month. We invite you to join us at our next meeting. Check our calendar for details.

Images courtesy of Council President Herb Wesson

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