Photos: South L.A. Marches To Commemorate 25th Anniversary Of 1992 Civil Unrest
Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 civil unrest in response to the police brutality against Rodney King, the death of Latasha Harlins, and consistent failures at the hands of the LAPD. South L.A. marched and commemorated the history during an event dubbed Future Fest, proclaiming the possibility of South L.A.'s future as a rallying point for community engagement and activism in the city. Future Fest is part of a larger movement called South Los Angeles Is The Future, which the South LA Building Healthy Communities organization has created to build a new vision for health and justice.
The organization explains how South L.A. has been a "a laboratory for holistic approaches that weave together concerns and communities" and "it may be one of the last best places to show the city as a whole how development can be done without displacement," according to KCET. The organization is part of a 10-year, $1 billion statewide initiative to invest in communities who suffer from health inequality, according to the LA Times.
The event featured a march from Florence Avenue and Normandie Avenue all the way to Vermont Avenue and 81st Street. The Festival then began at the end of the march, featuring performances by Mariachi Arcoiris, Al Jackson, Josef Leimburg, Cuicani, and more.
Check out these photos and videos from the event: