Watts Summer Festival '67

Title

Watts Summer Festival '67

Subject

Black Power

Description

The Watts Summer Festival was created in 1966 in the wake of the 1965 Watts Rebellion by a coalition of anti-poverty organizations and black nationalist groups. The idea behind the festival was to redirect community energy into community pride, cultural awareness, political consciousness, empowerment and self-definition. The annual event, incorporated in 1968, sought to develop tangible positive solutions to the conditions facing urban ghetto communities. The Watts Summer Festival thrived in the 1970s and was immortalized in the film, Wattstax.

Creator

Watts Summer Festival and Parade Organizers

Source

Roz Payne

Publisher

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date

1967

Format

Button

Type

Physical Object

Collection

Citation

Watts Summer Festival and Parade Organizers, “Watts Summer Festival '67,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed October 28, 2020, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/118.

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