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Watts Summer Festival: From Community Rebirth To Wattstax ’72 and Beyond

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The Annual Watts Summer Festival rose from the ashes of the infamous Watts riot that occurred in the summer of 1965. It was originally conceived the following year as a way to rebuild community spirit after a tragic episode in Los Angeles. The festival’s first few years witnessed a gathering of the community to collectively celebrate blackness, unity, and to maintain solidarity in a post riot Los Angeles. In a few short years, the Annual Watts Summer Festival evolved into a large event that sought to bring the black community together through an empowering cooperation of economics. This culminated in 1972 with the Seventh Annual Watts Summer Festival and its famous music concert Wattstax ’72.
The concert was held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and featured artists from the Stax recording company. Artists such as Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, and Isaac Hayes drew a crowd of more than 95, 000 people who came together to celebrate Black music culture and help economically empower the community to financially address issues of concern in Watts and the greater Los Angeles area.
As such, the Annual Watts Summer Festival and the Wattstax concert is a grand example of Black economic empowerment.
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Lacy, Travis. "Watts Summer Festival: From Community Rebirth To Wattstax ’72 and Beyond" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436059_index.html>

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Lacy, T. , 2010-09-29 "Watts Summer Festival: From Community Rebirth To Wattstax ’72 and Beyond" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436059_index.html

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Abstract: The Annual Watts Summer Festival rose from the ashes of the infamous Watts riot that occurred in the summer of 1965. It was originally conceived the following year as a way to rebuild community spirit after a tragic episode in Los Angeles. The festival’s first few years witnessed a gathering of the community to collectively celebrate blackness, unity, and to maintain solidarity in a post riot Los Angeles. In a few short years, the Annual Watts Summer Festival evolved into a large event that sought to bring the black community together through an empowering cooperation of economics. This culminated in 1972 with the Seventh Annual Watts Summer Festival and its famous music concert Wattstax ’72.
The concert was held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and featured artists from the Stax recording company. Artists such as Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, and Isaac Hayes drew a crowd of more than 95, 000 people who came together to celebrate Black music culture and help economically empower the community to financially address issues of concern in Watts and the greater Los Angeles area.
As such, the Annual Watts Summer Festival and the Wattstax concert is a grand example of Black economic empowerment.


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