Oral History: the San Francisco Bayview 1966 Race Riot

by Alka Joshi


In 1966, a race riot occurred in the Bayview district in San Francisco. It lasted 128 hours and subsequently led to “white flight” from the area.

In 2011, Alka Joshi interviewed three of her African American neighbors to learn more about the lingering emotional and economic scars that stem from the riot.

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Alka Joshi was born and raised in India till the age of nine, when her family immigrated to America. She graduated from Stanford with a BA in Art History and worked for the next 25 years in the advertising/marketing industry before enrolling in the MFA program at CCA. You can reach her at creativewiz[at]

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