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.

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

The art of Kerry James Marshall

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

Civil Rights and religious leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) (center) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport during the Watts Riots, Los Angeles, California, August 17, 1965.

Civil Rights and religious leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) (center) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport during the Watts Riots, Los Angeles, California, August 17, 1965.

4/29/1992  Rodney King trial verdict announced http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rodney-king-trial-verdict-announced

4/29/1992 Rodney King trial verdict announced http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rodney-king-trial-verdict-announced

Rena Price Is Dead at 97 - Catalyst for the Watts Riots - NYTimes.com

Rena Price Is Dead at 97; Catalyst for the Watts Riots

50 Years Ago Today – Historical Photographs from the Watts Riots in August, 1965, Los Angeles, USA

50 Years Ago Today – Historical Photographs from the Watts Riots in August, 1965, Los Angeles, USA

WATTS RIOT in 1965 (Los Angeles) Stemmed from Police Discrimination and Police Abuse of Blacks and Latinos.

WATTS RIOT in 1965 (Los Angeles) Stemmed from Police Discrimination and Police Abuse of Blacks and Latinos.

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