Student Historian

Will Mack is a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University and will receive his MA in United States history in the spring of 2018.  Will plans on advancing to a doctoral program in the fall of 2019 to focus on African American history, the civil rights movement, radicalism, the development of the carceral state, and labor history in the US.  Will received his BA in history from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1999 and grew up in New York City.

Louise Thompson Patterson (1901-1999)

Louise Alone Thompson Patterson, civil rights activist, communist, and educator, was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 9, 1901 to Lulu (Louise) F. Brown Toles and William J. Toles. After her parents 1904 separation, Thompson lived in Seattle, Washington as well as Utah, Nevada, Idaho, … Read MoreLouise Thompson Patterson (1901-1999)

Grand Rapids Uprising (1967)

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 “Anatomy of a Riot” written by the city’s … Read MoreGrand Rapids Uprising (1967)

Hunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising (1966)

The Hunter’s Point Uprising began on September 27, 1966, and lasted three days. At that time, it was the largest riot in San Francisco, California, since the anti-Chinese riots almost 90 years earlier. The uprising began when police chased and attempted to arrest three teenagers—Darrell Mobley, 14; … Read MoreHunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising (1966)

Elizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)

The 1964 Elizabeth, New Jersey uprising lasted from August 11 to 13.  The three-day uprising occurred simultaneously with a separate clash in nearby Paterson, New Jersey and both, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), were the aftershocks of the larger uprisings in New York City, New York (July 18-23), … Read MoreElizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)

New Orleans Dockworkers Riot (1894-1895)

The 1895 New Orleans Dockworkers Riot was a racially motivated attack on non-union black dockworkers by white dockworkers and their sympathizers.  The riot occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana from March 9 through 12, 1895 and marked the end of nearly 15 years of bi-racial union cooperation and union power … Read MoreNew Orleans Dockworkers Riot (1894-1895)