Mar 01

Revisiting the Uprisings of the 1960s


There have been hundreds of urban uprisings against police brutality, followed by Black Power Politics, and Stop Killer Cop campaigns. During the first wave of unrest, there were 329 major rebellions in 257 cities. After Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, there were another 200 uprisings in 172 cities. In the aftermath of those rebellions, Black Power organizations formed to fight racism, colonialism, and poverty. Several experts will discuss the new generation of research on the legacy of those urban uprisings.


  • Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin

    City College of San Francisco

    Professor Dunn-Salahuddin has been teaching at City College of San Francisco since 2012. She strongly believes that the classroom can be a transformative space where one can begin to change the circumstances of their life through education. As a field, American History has historically excluded the experiences of many groups within the United States; it is important to include those voices and experiences rendered invisible. Learning ones history translates into knowledge of self, and knowledge of self ultimately equals power.

  • Laura Hill

    Bloomfield College

    Dr. Hill is an assistant professor of History at Bloomfield College. She is the author of "We Are Black Folk First: the Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY” and “The Making of Malcolm X" published in The Sixties: A Journal of History Politics and Culture in January 2011. She is also an editor of The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America. Dr. Hill currently has a manuscript in progress: Strike the Hammer While the Iron is Hot: The Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, NY 1940-1970.

  • Peter Levy

    York College of Pennsylvania
  • Rosie Uyola

    Rutgers University

    Rosie Jayde Uyola is an independent scholar, K-12 teacher, documentary filmmaker, and researcher of memory, commemoration, and Black Life and Culture. They are an alumnae W.E.B. Du Bois Institute NEH Fellow (Harvard University, 2013) and currently developing digital humanities projects at Princeton University. Rosie’s publications include “Memory and the Long Civil Rights Movement,” in The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America (University of Florida Press, 2018), “The Digital City: Memory, History, and Public Commemoration,” in Ácoma International Journal of North-American Studies, Italia (2015), “Home Sweet Home - Race, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis,” in The War on Poverty: A Retrospective (Lexington Books, 2014), “Race, Empire, and the Rise of the Mortgage Industrial Complex,” in The Newark Experience Digital Archive (Rutgers University Libraries, 2013), and “Women in the Black Freedom Movement,” School Series Production of Harriet Tubman, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC, 2008). Their expertise and research interests include urban culture,
    race and public art, and oral history.



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