Friday, August 10, 2012

Vintage Photo Friday - Watts Riots

General Store Looted, 1807 103rd St., Watts, 8/17/65,
Herald-Examiner Collection

47 years ago, 1965, the area of Los Angeles known as Watts erupted in violence. You can read a little bit about the history of the riots here.

Police Shakedown during Watts Riots. August 10, 1965.
Photo by Dave Cicero for the Herald-Examiner

These are powerful photographs of the aftermath of the riots, courtesy of the L.A. Public Library Photo Collection.

Checkpoints, Watts, August 16, 1965
Herald-Examiner Collection

Results of this unrest are still with us today. It is important to be involved in your neighborhood. Remember to voice your thoughts at community meetings and exercise your right to vote!

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