The Wattstax Music Festival Is Held in L.A.
Date: August 20, 1972
For the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots, California's black community had its own answer to Woodstock. Wattstax tickets were sold for $1 and, in between performances, had everyone from Jesse Jackson to Richard Pryor candidly addressing the black experience. The music performed maintained a theme of racial pride, from Kim Weston's opening with the "Black National Anthem," formally titled "Lift Every Voice and Sing," to the Staple Singers going in on "Respect Yourself." All of it was captured for a documentary released the following year. It'd go on to win a Golden Globe.