Sep 07

Fifty Years After the Newark and Detroit Uprisings


50 years after rebellion and repression in Newark and Detroit, the causes, meanings, and legacies of the urban uprisings of the 1960s remain controversial. Were hundreds of Black rebellions the “Harvest of Racism?" Why did the police and National Guard shoot thousands of bullets into Black residential buildings, claiming they were hunting snipers and terrorists? Do the police and National Guard shoot into white residential buildings during race riots--or is that an exclusive policy for Blacks and Puerto Ricans?


  • Say Burgin

    Dickinson College

    Say Burgin graduated from St. Olaf College in 2006 with a BA in English and Women’s Studies, before working as a community organizer on Pittsburgh’s Northside for two years. She received her MA in Race & Resistance in 2009 and PhD in History in 2013, both from the University of Leeds, England. After teaching at the University of Leeds for four years, she has joined the history faculty at Dickinson College. Say has published several articles in the areas of Black Power, gender, race and US social movements and has co-developed a digital humanities project focusing on Rosa Parks’ lifetime of activism ( She is currently working on two research projects: An article on Judge George Crockett, Jr.'s fight for equal justice in Detroit and a book-in-progress that historicizes the myth of white ejection from the Black Power movement.

  • Mark Krasovic

    Rutgers University

    Mark Krasovic received his PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2008. His research and teaching interests center on the cultural and political history of the modern United States, urban history, and the public arts and humanities. His first book,The Newark Frontier: Community Action in the Great Society, was published by the University of Chicago Press in spring 2016. Dr. Krasovic also serves as the interim director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark, where he was the 2008-2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Postdoctoral Fellow. At the Price Institute, he has served as the local Newark coordinator for the federal Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, a cosponsor of the “This is Newark!” Public Symposium on Urban Design, a facilitator for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ statewide film series, and the co-organizer of the Ironbound Environmental Justice History and Resource Center. He also serves on the executive board of the Newark History Society, the Education Committee of the Newark Museum, and the steering committee of the Northeast Public Humanities Consortium.

  • Junius Williams

    Rutgers University

    Junius Williams is a nationally recognized attorney, musician, educator and independent thinker who has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements in this country for decades. His life in the Movement in the South and the North has been chronicled in the Civil Rights History Project, a collaborative initiative of the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. He was listed as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in America” in Ebony Magazine, ran for Mayor of Newark, and now teaches leadership and community organization at Rutgers University Newark, based on lessons outlined in his new book, Unfinished Agenda, Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power.



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