Lawrence Hamm has a different perspective.
Since the 1980s, Hamm’s group, The People’s Organization for Progress, has been the only group to hold an annual observance.
“The rebellion gave rise to the political movement, gave rise to the first black mayor in Newark, the first majority black City Council,” Hamm says. “The rebellion pushed forward people’s social consciousness.”
Detroit, whose 1967 riots were the worst in modern U.S. history until the 1992 Los Angeles riots left