VINTAGE: Commemorating 30th anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Riots
Photographs in the May 7, 1992, issue of the Park Labrea News showed some of the aftermath of the Los Angeles Riots, when civil unrest spread throughout the city from April 19-May 4, 1992.
The civil unrest followed the acquittal of police officers involved in the beating of motorist Rodney G. King. Demonstrations, fires and looting occurred in the Hollywood, Wilshire, Beverly, Fairfax and Melrose areas, and many businesses were damaged or destroyed.
The photographs show a Radio Shack store on La Brea Avenue that was looted, workers cleaning up outside at a GAP store on Melrose Avenue and smoke coming from a fire that destroyed Goodman Music on La Brea Avenue.
This year, Friday, April 29, marks the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots. Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles is holding a special performance titled “Flashpoint 429” bringing community leaders and musicians together on April 29 at 7 p.m. at 5505 Wilshire Blvd. For information, visit kccla.org.
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs will also present original works by six commissioned artists on April 29, at 5 p.m. at Leimert Plaza Park, 4395 Leimert Blvd. For information, visit monumentaltour.org.