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The Dark TreeJazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles$
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Steve Isoardi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245914

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245914.001.0001

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The Giant is Awakened

The Giant is Awakened

The watts uprising and cultural resurgence

(p.65) 4 The Giant is Awakened
The Dark Tree

Steven L. Isoardi

University of California Press

This chapter examines the 1965 Watts uprising in Los Angeles, California and the cultural resurgence of the African American community. It explains that the Watts uprising was part of a national phenomenon between 1964 and 1968 and it far exceeded the boundaries of that community, ultimately consuming much of South Central Los Angeles. It also discusses how Watts served as the hub of a grassroots arts movement that spread throughout the African American community, in many ways exemplifying ideas about the role of art and artists in the community that had been germinating in the Underground Musicians Association (UGMA).

Keywords:   Watts uprising, cultural resurgence, Los Angeles, African American community, artists

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