Just when I thought I’d finally compiled all of Bill Ray’s pictures of his visit to Watts in 1966 for Life magazine, I stumbled over a load of unpublished ones. Thanks to the LIFE website who recently published these with added editorial and captions.
See them all here LIFE magazine
“William Solomon (right, in his home in Watts) commands a big Watts street gang, which he openly admits took an active part in the riot. A champion hurdler in high school, he has no job but does have a police record and is on probation for assault. With two followers shown with him, he helps now at Westminster [Neighborhood Association], uses his influence to keep order there and, by his interest, gives its program a certain prestige in the streets.”