Ted Watkins Credit LA Sentinel copyA chief community organizer after the Watts Revolt, Ted Watkins created an organization that produced sustainable change.

Along with union members and community activists, Watkins established the Watts Labor Community Action Committee in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts Revolt, and served as its president for decades to come. Previously a United Auto Workers representative, he was ready to take on the tasks of running the organization and skilled at getting funding for anti-poverty organizations. In particular, Watkins recognized the need for medical facilities in the area and lobbied successfully for the hospital. Along with WLCAC, he also led and won Watts’ first credit union, and the first transportation, homeownership, and employment programs in the Watts Community. He helped bring thousands of jobs to young men of color in Watts and for the first time leading to self-sufficiency and new neighborhoods blossomed around single-family homes that low-income renters could buy with a long-term lease to purchase.

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