The Crown Heights Riot was a 3-day riot that occurred from August 19 – August 21, 1991 in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. The riots began on August 19, 1991, after a 7 year old Guyanese child, named Gavin Cato, was accidentally struck and killed by an automobile in the motorcade of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the sect’s leader.
At the time of the riot, Crown Heights was and remains predominantly an African-American and Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. It is the home of the Lubavitch sect of Orthodox Jewish Hasidim.
The riot unleashed simmering tensions of the Crown Heights’ black community against the Orthodox Jewish community. In its wake, several Jews were seriously injured; one Orthodox Jewish man, Yankel Rosenbaum, was killed; and a non-Jewish man, allegedly mistaken by rioters for a Jew, was killed by a group of African-American men.
The riots had an impact on the 1993 mayoral race, contributing to the defeat of Mayor David Dinkins, an African-American. Ultimately, the riots spawned a successful outreach program between black and Jewish leaders that helped calm and possibly improve racial and religious relations in Crown Heights.
Read about the accident & the events that led to the riots at:https://m.facebook.com/DailyBlackHistoryFacts/