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Operation Bootstrap: Breaking New Ground in Community Empowerment

The traditional narrative of the Watts Uprisings suggest that businesses fled from the chaos, but the story of Operation Boostrap suggests a wholly different story. Through their work, Operation Boostrap uplifted the community and played into a larger narrative of the national civil rights movement. Host Nathan Masters speaks with activist Marva Maxey, Lou Smith's wife, and David Crittendon, a leading civil right activist, about the intent of Operation Bootstrap.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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