Two Exciting Free Pre-Events Announced
The historical Watts Summer Festival (WSF) will celebrate its 48th year on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Ted Watkins Park from noon until 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to come out and enjoy culture, continuous music, food and activities, including a free petting zoo, Children's Village and more.
Vendors will offer unique items and social service agencies will provide valuable on-site information of services available to residents of all ages.
The venerable event will open with the pouring of libations in memory of those who lost their lives in the 1965 Watts Revolt, by Tulivu Jadi, vice chair of Organization Us and Alma Jackson, WSF board member. Mpinduzi Kuthaza, WSF board member, will give the history of the Watts Festival and recognize the Festival's honorary co-chair, Congress member Maxine Waters. The "Tommy Jacquette Legacy Torchbearer Award" will also be presented to a deserving young Watts resident.
For more information, visit http://www.wattsfest.org/ and Watts Summer Festival, Inc. on FaceBook.
HISTORY: Growing from the ashes of the 1965 Watts Revolt, the Watts Summer Festival was conceived in 1966 by community members. In 1972, the Festival became the first African American organization to sponsor a sell out concert at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, called "Wattstax: The Living Word" which became a recording album and major film. The resilience of the Watts Summer Festival is a strong testament to the dedication of the late Tommy Jacquette who served from 1968-2009.