LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens gathered Sunday afternoon in West Louisville to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the so-called Louisville Riot in May of 1968.

Some call it a riot, others a disturbance, but by the admission of the many, it forever changed the Parkland neighborhood’s trajectory.

“As we look at our surroundings, it is absurd that our once thriving business district has been reduced to what you see today,” said Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham.

The disturbance lasted for several days. Two people were killed, and many once thriving businesses left the Parkland neighborhood. Now, the corner of 28th and Greenwood has very little business.

“If we really take a look around us and see where we at then we know where we have to go,” said Manfred Reid, who played a central role in the events in 1968.

The hope of the event, hosted by Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, was to look forward while also looking back.

“I'm hoping that the city will invest in people who want to invest their own community,” she said.

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