African Americans and Los Angeles
Dr. Michael Cheers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shopping Center
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shopping Center in Compton was built in 1984 as part of the re-development of the commercial area destroyed by the Watts Riots in 1965, and is one of the many area locations named for the civil rights leader, who visited the neighborhood on 17 August 1965 after the riots. Located outside the shopping center is Los Angeles' first memorial to Dr. King; a large pulpit which includes the full text of the "I Have a Dream" speech. In order to read the speech the viewer stands in an impression of footprints the size of Dr. King's. Though the shopping center was in the news during the 1992 riots, it suffered only minimal damage and was reopened within a month.