Watts in 2015: A View from Above

Flying home from New York this winter, I was seated next to a loquacious lawyer who had been visiting family. We chatted about careers, our UC alumni status (he said he was among the first African American graduates of Santa Cruz), and where we went to high school. He’d gone to Jordan in Watts. Looking at his gray temples, I couldn’t help wondering.

“The class of ’65?” I asked.

Yes, he said. “And you would be surprised,” he added. “A lot of good came out of...

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