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Watts Riots

James Madison's Warning to Rogue Police Departments

Benjamin A. Davis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Benjamin A. Davis

It is about race. And wariness of bad police officers stretches throughout the entire African American community whether we talk about lawyers or stone cold thugs. We are united in knowing that we are targeted by some law enforcement because of race.

Woman Whose Arrest Triggered 1965 Watts Riot Dies

AP | Posted 06.23.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- The woman who intervened when an officer pulled over one of her sons, leading to a racially-charged scuffle that set off the 1965 Watts...

Pioneering Los Angeles Times Writer Dies

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Dorothy Townsend, the first female staff writer for the Los Angeles Times' city section and the lone woman on a team of dozens of repor...

Forty-Five Years After the "Watts Riot", King Hospital Remains Crucial to Healing the Lingering Wounds

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Forty-five years ago this week, an explosion of violence set Los Angeles aflame, in a rebellion against centuries of racism that would be burned into American history as the "Watts Riot."

Black History Month in Los Angeles. Anybody Notice?

Ronald Ricker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ronald Ricker

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles for African Americans is nearly 20%. They are a huge pool of people who are able and want to work. Los Angeles owes them and I want to keep them here.