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Children’s Institute Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for $20-Million Watts Campus

On a crisp, beautiful January afternoon, the Children’s Institute (CII) hosted Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, local civic and community leaders, special guests, and community members at an official groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off construction of its 20,000 square foot Watts campus. Through this site, the Institute hopes to double the number of children and […]


Acclaimed Architect Frank Gehry Designs a Safe Haven for Kids in Watts

One of the world’s greatest architects has designed a safe haven for Watts’ most vulnerable. Frank Gehry, the genius behind Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and other masterpieces, recently unveiled his vision for Children’s Institute, Inc.’s $35-million Watts campus, scheduled to break ground in 2018. “Children’s Institute is an incredible organization with a […]


50 Years Later: Watts, the Voting Rights Act and Making Black Votes Count

By Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Fifty years ago this month, residents of south Los Angeles were witness to two watershed events in the struggle for empowerment. On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act and, with it, gave millions a new sense of possibility borne of the […]