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L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens At The California African-American Museum

'NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE: LA 1992' takes a long look at the event and its impact.

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Wow, it's really been 25 years! 

On the fateful night of March 3, 1991, Rodney King suffered a brutal attack from officers of the California Highway Patrol, an event that culminated in a piece of video-recorded brutality that would live on in our minds for years to come. 

A little over a year later, on April 29, 1992, a predominantly white jury acquitted the four officers involved in the beating, resulting in a Los Angeles area riot filled with frustration and rage.   

The California African-American Museum is honoring the historical moment of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with its exhibition, NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE: LA 1992, which examines the community's unrest and its effects.

Another exhibit at the museum, TROUBLE EVERY DAY: LA 1965/1992, explores the music that has always been an integral part of the African American experience, and that influenced the environment of the 1965 Watts Rebellion and the 1992 LA Uprisings. 

The show looks at music by Horace Tapscott, Sam Cooke, Ice Cube, Elaine Brown, Tupac, Watts Prophets and Charles Wright, among many others, highlighting the continuing struggle for civil rights. 

This exhibition feels especially important today, with the Black Lives Matter movement reminding all of us of the old adage, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The exhibitions are not only a view over our shoulders into the past; they are a mirror of what's right in front of us. 

To find out more about the exhibition and when and how you can visit, stop by the Calfornia African-American Museum's website.

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