Our colleagues at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies will be marking the twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles Uprisings on Thursday, April 26, 2012 with a special event entitled 1992 Los Angeles “Riots”: Making Sense of the Fires.
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Haines Hall 135
Director Darnell Hunt, author of Screening the Los Angeles “Riots” and guest editor of the recently published special issue of Amerasia Journal, “Los Angeles Since 1992: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Uprisings,” and Bunche Center Visiting Scholar Jordan Camp will lead a discussion of media images of the 1992 Los Angeles disturbances. The events were triggered twenty years ago on April 29, 1992, when not-guilty verdicts exonerated police officers caught on videotape brutally beating black motorist Rodney King. The events —which the Los Angeles Times proclaimed “the worst riots of the century” — resulted in at least 51 deaths, more than $1 billion in property damage, and thousands of arrests.
How will 20th anniversary media retrospectives frame this important moment in American history? Read more here for Professor Hunt’s thoughts, and join us for screenings and a spirited discussion.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Academic Advancement Program (AAP).