NYC Remembers Crown Heights Riot

NYC Remembers Crown Heights Riot

NEW YORK (AP) -- A memorial and a march are among the commemorations marking the 25th anniversary of one of New York City's darkest chapters.

The 1991 race riot in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn started after a black 7-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car in a rabbi's motorcade. Hours later, a Jewish doctoral student was stabbed to death. Four days of violence followed.

The neighborhood is holding a series of anniversary events Sunday as part of "One Crown Heights." One of the events, a festival, has been criticized by relatives of the Jewish student as being insensitive and trivializing what happened.

Organizers say the festival is a way to bring children of different backgrounds together and to acknowledge years of efforts to foster communication between groups.

(KA)