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Sabato Rodia's Towers in WattsArt, Migrations, Development$
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Luisa Del Giudice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001

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Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers

Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers

Sociopolitical Realities, Economic Underdevelopment, and Renaissance: Yesterday and Today

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Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts

Shirmel Hayden

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In this chapter, a former intern at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) shares her perceptions of Watts and her experience in a program designed to encourage high school students to pursue a college education. The WLCAC is a community-based, nonprofit public benefit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for the residents of Watts and South Central Los Angeles. She sees Rodia as an example of someone who opposed “social paradigms that governed societies, stereo typed people, and allowed in equality to exist.” His life and his work expressed a vision “that spoke silently against preconceived notions about America.” In Watts she sees a community “that fights every day for equality with regard to food, housing, education, health, and employment”.

Keywords:   Sabatino Rodia, Watts Labor Community Action Committee, college education, high school students, South Central Los Angeles

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