Zeal Harris | Endeavor Through the Gentrified
The Endeavor space shuttle was pulled on a 12-mile route through Crenshaw Blvd and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd before it was permanently parked at the Science Museum in 2012. The space shuttle coming through the neighborhoods was an extremely exciting event. I made a new friend named Jaitee at this Endeavour “Parade.” Jaitee remarked that the space shuttle, however exciting it was– could be inviting the gentrifiers. Three months later, Jaitee committed suicide. He lived one block from the intersection of King and Crenshaw, where the space shuttle parked for more than 12 hours, and where the Martin Luther King Day parade stage has been set for past 31 years. It is an intersection in the heart of a community on the brink of gentrification. I’d like to dedicate my angel to the memory of Jaitee.