When Nipsey Hussle (Ermias Asghedom), was tragically gunned down at his place of business in 2019, Amerylus Ann Cooper, 61, asked herself what she could do to keep the marathon going.
As someone who grew up in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, Cooper started to brainstorm ways she could help the progression of her community.
Cooper wanted to keep the spirit of community investment and support alive–which were ideals that Nipsey Hussle stood on.
“When he passed away and they asked what are you going to do to keep the marathon going–this is my contribution to Nipsey. To make sure we are running our marathon in the Crenshaw District,” said Cooper.