50th anniversary of the Wattz Rebellion, a turning point in the struggle for Black liberation

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August 11, 2015

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Police, bolstered by the California National Guard, showed the Watts rebels no mercy, but the people were determined to be heard. It took 14,000 National Guard troops, 3,000 arrests, 800 injuries and 32 deaths to put down the Watts Rebellion. Police watching nonchalantly as a young Black man bleeds to death is reminiscent of Mike Brown in Ferguson in 2014 and Kenneth Harding in Hunters Point in 2011.

Just five days after the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Watts Rebellion erupted, lasting several days.

Coming out of the Selma campaign, the then United States Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson was forced to introduce legislation designed to ensure the right to the franchise for African Americans living in the South and other regions of the country.

Just five days after the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Watts Rebellion erupted, lasting several days.

Nonetheless, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent voting rights legislation the following year was not nearly enough to assuage the African American people in their quest for full equality and self-determination. Unemployment, poverty, racist violence and substandard education fueled the anger of working class and poor youth throughout the urban and rural areas of the U.S.

The Civil Rights Act…

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