West Las Vegas Riot (1992)

Destroyed Nucleus Plaza Mall, The West Las Vegas Race Riot, 1992 Image Ownership: Public domain The West Las Vegas Riot occurred on April 30, 1992 in the predominantly black Westside of Las Vegas, Nevada.  The riot came a day after four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted … Read MoreWest Las Vegas Riot (1992)

The Prison Abolition Movement (1985- )

Incarcerated Americans, 1920-2006 Image Ownership: Public domain The Prison Abolition Movement is a social campaign to eliminate prisons. The movement began in the 1980s following the War on Drugs whose consequence was to increase the U.S. prison population from 500,000 in 1980 to 1.3 million in 1990 and 2 million in … Read MoreThe Prison Abolition Movement (1985- )

University of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Charlayne Hunter After Her Suspension From the University of Georgia, January 1961 Image Ownership: Public domain On January 9, 1961 two black students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, entered the University of Georgia campus to register for classes. Their registration was the end of a long court battle to integrate the … Read MoreUniversity of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Langston Hughes’ Visit to the Soviet Union (1932-1933)

Langston Hughes (Left) With Two Unidentified People in Turkmenistan, 1932 Image Ownership: Public domain In June of 1932, poet Langston Hughes, political activist Louise Thompson, and 22 other African American artists, filmmakers, and actors, traveled to the Soviet Union (USSR) to create a film about African American life in the American south. The film, … Read MoreLangston Hughes’ Visit to the Soviet Union (1932-1933)

Hartford, Connecticut Riot (1969)

Barbour Street, Hartford, June 1969 Image Ownership: Public domain Hartford, Connecticut in the late 1960’s was a city immersed in racial unrest, class disputes, and activism. The city was a dichotomy between the ghetto, predominantly black or Puerto Rican and impoverished, in the North End and the South End, white and … Read MoreHartford, Connecticut Riot (1969)

Cincinnati Race Riots (1836)

Image Ownership: Public domain Fewer than half of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Black population remained in the city after the 1829 white riots. Most had left. Many of the 1,100 who stayed were unusually poor, unable to finance emigration to safer places such as surrounding towns, farther west, or … Read MoreCincinnati Race Riots (1836)

Cockstock Affair (1844)

Image Ownership: Public domain The Cockstock Affair is argued to be the justification that white settlers used to install Oregon’s exclusion laws against African Americans in the 1840s. As the details of the Affair have been widely debated, there are different ways of interpreting the events, causes, and … Read MoreCockstock Affair (1844)

2016 Milwaukee Riot

Gas Station Burned in 2016 Milwaukee Riot Image Ownership: Public domain On the afternoon at 3:30 p.m. of Saturday, August 13, 2016, in the Sherman Park area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 23-year-old black man, Sylville K. Smith, was shot and killed by a 24-year-old black police officer. Smith, along … Read More2016 Milwaukee Riot

The Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation (1842)

Map of the 1842 Cherokee Slave Revolt Image Ownership: Public domain The Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation occurred in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) when a group of 25 black slaves, mostly from the Joseph Vann plantation, attempted to escape to Mexico where slavery was abolished. The revolt began on … Read MoreThe Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation (1842)

Grand Rapids Uprising (1967)

Grand Rapids Uprising, 1967 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1967 Grand Rapids Uprising occurred on July 25, 1967 in a predominantly black and impoverished neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The uprising came only days after the much larger uprising in Detroit, Michigan but a post-riot official report titled … Read MoreGrand Rapids Uprising (1967)