50th anniversary: North Philly riots 1964
50 years on, NewsWorks looks back at the 1964 North Philadelphia riots and their lasting impact.
On this 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia race riots, we continue our week's retrospective with David Bartelt, a Temple University professor of geography and urban studies.
All week we've been bringing you the story of the 1964 riots in North Philadelphia.
That unrest sprang up amid years of more peaceful protest, for social and economic justice for African-American residents. And while the riots devastated parts of North Philly, one new urban housing development a few blocks away was largely spared.
Long after the fires from the riots had finally burned out, one question lingered: "Why did they destroy their own neighborhood?" Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson thinks back to those days in August 1964, when Columbia Avenue erupted.
Reverend Joe Williams has lived in Mt. Airy for many years. He's traveled the world as a professional singer and was a member of the Dixie Hummingbirds. He is pastor of the Mt. Airy United Fellowship church. But if you ask him, he will tell you he is from "North Philadelphia, 18th and Norris."
Richard Watson, a longtime activist in the Philadelphia African American community and Exhibits Manager and Artist-in-Residence at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, sat down to share his recollections of the state of the community with Associate Professor James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University.