Rev. Richard Byrd "Meri Ka Ra" Place


We are raising money to benefit KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science and  Benefit to rename the corner of 78th Place and Western the Rev. Richard Byrd "Meri Ka Ra" Square.   Any donation will help make an impact. 
We thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause which means so much to The Center and The Community.  

JOIN US in a landmark ceremony and celebration of a longstanding community leader and the stake claiming of a community that he has served. 

The Proclamation: 

As one of only a few communities in South Los Angeles that is established in name and recognition for its noteworthy contributions, we deem that
"Richard ‘Meri Ka Ra’ Byrd Place” is one that will take its place among those of high esteem.

Reverend Richard “Meri Ka Ra” Byrd has been the Senior Minister of KRST Unity Center of AfRaKan Spiritual Science, (formerly Christ Unity Center) for 32 years, serving not only the neighborhood of 78th Place and Western Avenue, but the city at large and beyond in numerous ways.

Under his leadership and personal interactions we recognize the progress and upliftment in countless lives.  Additionally, through such programs and involvement in social justice, youth education and development, prison ministry, economic and housing assistance, and of course, spiritual and cultural enrichment and more, Rev. Meri Ka Ra is one deserving of recognition and support to further the community of KRST Unity Center as an Institution that will thrive in perpetuity, and to serve as a model for upcoming leadership throughout the city.

We humbly request your generous contribution for the assistance of our Goal of $64,000 for:

(1)   The funding of the installation and “Street Sign Naming Dedication” ceremony

(2)   The Creation and unveiling of a Bust by the world renowned artist, Nijel Binns.  

(3) A monetary offering of $1,000 per each year of service to Rev. Byrd for the recognition of all of his valuable contributions and the love that he has given to this community and to the City of Los Angeles at-large.

Dedication ceremony to be held on November 1, 2020, are provided in a separate document. We thank you in advance for your consideration and help in reaching our goals, and look forward to seeing you in this celebration for one who so aptly deserves. The Sign will bear his name and read: “Richard ‘Meri Ka Ra’ Place”, accompanied by two of his favorite sayings, “Thoughts Held In Mind Produce After Their Kind” and “Love Ye One Another”.


Revs. Semsut SaBeset and Erica Byrd, Associate Ministers
Debra Alake Adewale, President, Board of Directors
Msonga-Mbele Andre Parvenu, Committee Chair

Krst Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science
7825 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047


Meri Ka Ra Byrd
Los Angeles, CA
Christ Unity Center
Registered nonprofit
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