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Relevant Community Events

Local community events associated with the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Rebellion.*

Past Events

49th Annual Watts Summer Festival

August 8, 2015

11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Ted Watkins Park, 1335 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Watts: A Day of Community Reflection

A day-long event commemorating the 1965 Watts Rebellion, including tributes, interactive sessions, panel discussions, film screenings, Civil Rights tours, and other events at the WLCAC Center in Watts.

August 11, 2015

9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

More Than A Riot: The Joyce Ann Gaines Story

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

August 15, 2015

2:00 pm
Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230

Artist Talk: 50 Years and I Still Can't Breathe 

August 16, 2015

1:00 pm
Watts Towers Arts Center Campus, Noah Purifoy Gallery, 1727 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

Bus Tour of Watts

Led by Lindsay Hughes, MCLM Board Member

August 23, 2015

11:00 am, Bus Departs from Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 E. 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

$35 Purchase ticket here

Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and
39th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

September 26 and 27, 2015

10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days
The Watts Towers, 1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles

Watts Riots: 50 Years Later

City of Los Angeles - Human Relations Commission
Youth Luncheon on Innovation & Inspiration

August 14, 2015

11:00 am
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

“Watts Riots: 50 Years Later” Symposium

City of Los Angeles

August 15, 2015

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Keck Auditorium | Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059

“Watts Talks”

Discussion of the state of Watts as an American legacy, and lessons learned about violence and critical resistance in the context of the civil uprisings and unique cultural expressions.

August 18, 2015

6:00 pm
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

“Riot/Rebellion”

The culminating performance of a series of theatrical works presented throughout the Watts neighborhood by Lynn Manning with the Watts Village Theater Company.

September 11, 12 and 13, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
WLCAC Tell-It Theater
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

“Watts Talks”

Discussion of the concept of transformed neighborhoods that are truly inclusive and provide opportunities for wealth-building for all.

October 20, 2015

6:00 pm
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

“Ted Watkins Day” Legacy Celebration

On Nov. 13, 1993, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riodan proclaimed Ted Watkins Day. The WLCAC Center will celebrate the life, time and legacy of WLCAC's founder through achievement and personal stories, acknowledging how the legacy lives on and can be supported.

November 13, 2015

6:00 pm
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

“Watts Talks”

The concept of a newly inclusive articulation of the American Dream. A 21st Century reflection of how the founding father's declaration can uplift and propel our nation forward into true health, happiness and fortune.

November 16, 2015

6:00 pm
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Watts, 1965

Musical performance including CSUDH professors Chika Inoue and Mary Au

January 31, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

February 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Musical Mosaic, Palos Verdes, CA

March 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Luisa R. Kot Concert Series
Emeritus College, Santa Monica, CA

March 19, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
NACUSA-LA Women In Music Conference
Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA

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