Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by award-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson of University of Michigan, sheds new light on one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century–the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising in upstate New York. The book explores every aspect of the uprising and its legacy from the perspectives of all of those involved in this 45-year fight for justice–the prisoners, the state officials, the lawyers, the state troopers and corrections officers, and the families of the slain men. Thompson has written on the history of mass incarceration–as well as its current impact–for a number of publications. Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will join her in conversation. A book signing will follow.
Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037, www.schomburgcenter.org