50 Years Ago,

Watts — along with most of South Los Angeles — erupted in racially charged upheaval. Thirty-four people were killed. Nearly 4,000 were arrested. Forty million dollars in property was damaged.

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In the Aftermath,

officials and researchers identified underlying issues that went beyond the arrests and tension with the police that appeared to trigger the riots, pointing to deep structural inequality and social barriers facing African Americans in South Los Angeles.

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What can we learn from the Watts Riots?

USC Annenberg and Augustus Hawkins High School students ask South LA residents.

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As this country continues to struggle with inequality,

the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Intersections South LA, Metamorphosis Project, Augustus Hawkins High School, Investigative Reporters and Editors, six community organizations and six local and ethnic news outlets worked together to reexamine those underlying causes.

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HEALTH

Reviving MLK Hospital
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JOBS

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THIS PROJECT IS

a collaboration of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Intersections South LA, Metamorphosis Project, Augustus Hawkins High School, Investigative Reporters and Editors, six community organizations and six local and ethnic news outlets.

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Partner Media Organizations

LA Sentinel

Hoy LA

LA Wave

La Opinión

KPCC

Intersections South LA