In August 1965, Watts became known world-wide for being the site of the largest riots known to that date. Today, Watts is home to one of the largest and most successful community based organizations in the world, the WLCAC—Watts Labor Community Action Committee.
And it all began with labor.
In 1964, Ted Watkins was an employee of the Ford Motor Company, and a member of the United Auto Workers union. After successfully influencing Ford’s employment policy, his advocay efforts earned the attention of then-UAW President Walter Reuther.