In the summer of 1992, long-simmering racial tensions in Los Angeles came to a head. That’s when the the brutal beating of Rodney King by white police officers was captured on tape. When the officers were acquitted, riots erupted across the city.

Even though many people warned against it, The Oprah Show arrived in Los Angeles just six days later. Oprah filmed a show with an audience of locals, who spoke openly and honestly about the riots and the racial tensions in the city.

Watch what happened. 

“In 1963, Dr. King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ And I think everyone who was a part of that show could identify with that,” Oprah says.


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