On August 11, 1965, LA's Watts Riots began in reaction to the arrest of a Black man for drunk driving, triggering days of rampage that damaged or destroyed more than 600 buildings and cost 34 lives. Proposition 14, overwhelmingly passed in 1964, banned attempts to desegregate housing and added to the desperation felt by many of LA's 650,000 African Americans, as racial equality was all but nonexistent and housing strictly segregated.
Kerry James Marshall - Artist - Born 62 years ago in Birmingham, Alabama, Kerry James Marshall was eight years old when the KKK bombed a Baptist church, killing four girls. He would go on to live in Los Angeles during the Watts riots, and later Harlem and the South Side of Chicago. 2017