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Reflecting on the Long Struggle to Make Black Lives Matter

Jun 13 2020

"Watching the current wave of protests following the murder of George Floyd brought back memories of my experiences in South Central Los Angeles during the black rebellion of August 1965. The similarities are evident between what I witnessed as an activist affiliated with the Non-Violent Action Committee (N-VAC) and the events I’ve watched on television happening now in many cities throughout the United States. Both explosions of protest and violence were sparked by a single arrest of a black man that epitomized long-standing patterns of police mistreatment of black people. Both explosions also caused me to sense that the world had suddenly changed in unanticipated ways."

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Clayborne Carson, King Institute