Ride of Remembrance: 20 Years after the Civil Unrest

150 150 Cheryl Getuiza

“Where were you on April 29, 1992?”

Like many historic moments, many of us remember where we were at that moment in time.

And as we get closer to the 20th anniversary of the Civil Unrest in Los Angeles, you’ll probably get asked that same question.

The riots were sparked when a jury acquitted four LAPD officers accused in the videotaped beating of Rodney King. 

Thousands of people in L.A. rioted for six days, in South Los Angeles and Koreatown communities.

There was looting, assault, arson and murder—in all 53 people died and property damages topped nearly $1 billion.

To remember and commemorate this historic day, elected officials, multi ethnic, interfaith leaders and community organizers formed the L.A. Riots SAIGU Planning Committee.  

Several events are planned leading up to the day.  The Korean Churches for Community Development, or KCCD, is a key organization behind the events.

One such event was a ride of remembrance-celebrating the economic and social successes over the past two decades.

About 50 people loaded a bus for the tour.  The first stop was Florence and Normandie—commonly known as a starting point for the riots.

The group also visited Leimert Park, Madang Courtyard and the Wilshire and Vermont Transit Oriented Development.

It was the feeling, by most who attended this tour, that L.A. has healed, but still has a long ways to go moving forward.  It’s up to communities to step up and meet that challenge.


Cheryl Getuiza

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