Tommy Jacquette

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Tommy Jacquette
Born (1943-12-13)December 13, 1943
Los Angeles, California, US
Died November 16, 2009(2009-11-16) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California
Known for Founder of the Watts Summer Festival

Tommy Jacquette (also known as Tommy Halifu Jacquette) was a community activist best known as the executive director of the Watts Summer Festival.[1][2]


Tommy Ray Jacquette was born on December 13, 1943 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the Imperial Courts housing development in Watts, California. In the wake of the Watts Riots of 1965, Jacquette helped found the Watts Summer Festival to honor those who lost their lives during what he described as a "revolt" instead of a riot. "People keep calling it a riot, but we call it a revolt because it had a legitimate purpose," he said in a Los Angeles Times interview conducted four decades later.[1]

In addition to the Watts Summer Festival, Jacquette was intimately involved in the Watts Christmas Parade, the Watts Gang Taskforce, the Wattstar Theatre and the Watts Chamber of Commerce.[2]


  1. ^ a b Bloomekatz, Ari B. (2009-11-21). "Tommy Jacquette dies at 65; South L.A. activist helped found the Watts Summer Festival". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b Norwood, Chico C. (2009-11-19). "Watts Summer Festival Executive Director Dies of Cancer". L A. Watts Times. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  • Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story, Doubleday, New York, 1992.

As of 2010 Tommy's daughter has taken over the festival.She currently is running the festival with her husband,kids and associate Pam Garrett. After Tommy's death his daughter took over. Denise (his Daughter) runs the festival with her son,daughter,husband & associate Pam Garrett.

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