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  • Watts: Remember what they built, not what they burned

    Watts: Remember what they built, not what they burned

    As we mark 50 years since the Watts riots, expect endless newsreel footage of buildings aflame and National Guard units occupying Central Avenue, experts rattling off gruesome statistics, eyewitness accounts of that stifling hot night on Aug. 11, 1965, when Marquette Frye's drunk driving arrest...

  • Watts riots still mostly off Hollywood's radar after 50 years

    Watts riots still mostly off Hollywood's radar after 50 years

    The last few years have brought a spate of films about the civil rights movement, with the Birmingham campaign in Alabama, the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and some plucky Mississippi maids all taking center stage in Hollywood. As commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots begin...

  • To go further

    To go further

    Maurice James, a young Watts resident, and Stalin Medina, owner of the Watts Cyclery, reflect on challenges facing black and Latino youth in the neighborhood, and how access to bicycles can be a vehicle out of the community.

  • Interfaith service honors those killed in Watts riots

    Interfaith service honors those killed in Watts riots

    They were as old as 67 and as young as 4 — a firefighter, a sheriff's deputy, innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. Fifty years ago this week, 34 people were killed in the Watts riots. During those six days of unrest, more than 1,000 were injured and 200 buildings were destroyed. On Sunday,...

  • After the Watts riots, a transformative shift in Inglewood

    After the Watts riots, a transformative shift in Inglewood

    Columns of smoke darkened the sky along the Harbor Freeway as 11-year-old Richard Rankin rode home to Inglewood through South Los Angeles. His father shushed him from the driver's seat when he asked about the fires. It would have been awkward to explain a race riot to a trio of sixth-grade boys...

  • Watts theater founder Lynn Manning: Blinded by bullet, inspired for the stage

    Watts theater founder Lynn Manning: Blinded by bullet, inspired for the stage

    Lynn Manning overcame blindness from a barroom bullet to forge a 30-year career as a champion athlete, poet, actor, theater company founder and, especially, playwright inspired by his own harshest experiences and the social problems of south Los Angeles. Manning died Monday at age 60 after a yearlong...

  • Before Watts '65: A black cop's view of the LAPD

    Before Watts '65: A black cop's view of the LAPD

    Fifty years ago, five days after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to guarantee black Americans a voice at the ballot box, other black voices made themselves heard in Los Angeles. By the time the Watts riots were over, 34 people were dead. Watts was Norman E. Edelen's neighborhood...

  • Eyewitness to Watts riots won't give in to discouragement

    Eyewitness to Watts riots won't give in to discouragement

    Larry Aubry and I met at Century and Western, near where, a week earlier, two children and an 18-year-old woman were shot in what has been a bloody summer in South Los Angeles. City officials and community leaders have been strategizing to try to restore calm, but that's hard to do when the underlying...

  • Watts riots, 50 years later: What has L.A. learned, and done?

    Watts riots, 50 years later: What has L.A. learned, and done?

    We look to anniversaries of momentous events — the beginning of World War I (100 years, last July), the end of the Civil War (150 years, in April), the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., (50 years, in March) — to note the passage of time, to measure the progress of the generations,...

  • How Watts and the LAPD make peace

    How Watts and the LAPD make peace

    Police killings and resulting protests have sparked a national debate about the enmity among communities of color and the officers charged to serve and protect them. But in the South L.A. neighborhood of Watts, against all odds, police and residents have forged positive relationships that are lowering...

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