On This Day: Watts Riots

The Watts riots erupted on August 11, 1965 in Los Angeles following the arrest of a black man for drunk driving. The six days of looting and arson yielded 34 deaths and over $40 million in property damage. View the series of video clips to learn more about the causes, impact, and legacy of the riots.

Background of the Watts Riots

Gerald Horne talked about the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots in Los Angeles, which erupted August 11, 1965, following the arrest of a black man for drunk driving. The six days of looting and arson yielded 34 deaths and over $40 million in property damage.

Additional Resources

  • On This Day: 1967 Detroit Rebellion

    The Detroit Rebellion, also known as 12th Street Riot, began on July 23, 1967, following a police raid on an unlicensed bar in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. The riots lasted for several days. The National Guard and U.S. Army troops were called in to quell what became the largest civil disturbance of 20th century America. View the videos below to learn about this event through different historical perspectives.

  • Lesson Plan: The 1967 Detroit Riots