Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors will commemorate the historic Los Angeles riots with a performance on Tuesday.
“Remembering ’92” will touch upon poignant moments from the riots that took place 25 years ago through a performance that will explore their impact on the African American community.
“When I was 9 years old the city I love was up in flames. It was the first time my family openly discussed the negative experiences they had with L.A.P.D. I didn’t realize how much that moment would impact the work I do today,” Khan-Cullors said in a statement sent to EBONY.com. “This performance piece is an ode to Rodney King, Latasha Harlins, Sandra Bland, and Ezell Ford. The work for police accountability in Los Angeles is far from over.”
In April 1992, the city of Los Angeles was set ablaze following the acquittal of four LAPD officers that had been caught beating Rodney King, a Black unarmed motorist. The incident was captured via amateur video, and sparked national debate about police brutality and racial injustice.
Hours after the verdicts were announced, protest turned violent, kicking off the L.A. Uprising.
The performance will take place on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.