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Filmmakers’ Web Site: JULY ‘64
Visit the filmmakers’ Web site to get information on the music and archival footage used in JULY ’64 and Emmy Award-winning narrator Roscoe Lee Browne. The site also offers a discussion guide and a gallery of images of the 1964 Rochester Riot.
Democrat and Chronicle: Race In Rochester: Forty Years After The Riots
This 2004 three-part special report, from Rochester’s local news source, assesses progress made in criminal justice, education, housing and community for African Americans in Rochester since the 1964 riot. The site includes a multimedia timeline of the riots and events leading up to the disturbance.
WXXI: Need To Know: FIGHT
This transcript of a 2000 broadcast of the Rochester public television news program Need To Know, includes an interview with African American leader, Minister Franklin Florence, who helped to found the Rochester advocacy group Freedom, Integration, God, Honor, Today (FIGHT).
Rutgers University: Riots–1967
Explore this Rutgers University Web project about the 1967 race riots in Newark and Detroit. Read interviews with witnesses, including residents, merchants, militants, police and national guardsmen. View videos and maps, listen to news reports recorded the night of the riots and browse an image archive.
NPR: Los Angeles, Ten Years Later
This four-part series examines how Los Angeles has changed since race riots shook Central Los Angeles in 1992. Read and listen to stories about the changing African American community, the Los Angeles Police Department’s image and African Americans’ political influence in L.A.
Wikipedia: Race Riot
Wikipedia defines race riot as “an outbreak of violent civil unrest in which race is a key factor.” Read about race riots that have occurred all over the world, from 1875–2005.
ITVS: The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy
Explore this comprehensive companion site for the ITVS documentary about Saul Alinsky, a legendary community organizer and founder of FIGHT, who took on Eastman Kodak over the issue of racial hiring. Read a biography of Alinsky, an overview of his legacy and his “Rules for Radicals”—tactics for effecting change.
Tolerance.org: A Web Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Browse this resource-rich, Webby Award-winning Web site dedicated to “dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity.” Take a virtual tour of the Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights Memorial or download guides including “10 Ways to Fight Hate.”
PBS: Online NewsHour: Race Relations
Dig into an index of background reports from the NewsHour’s coverage of race relations. Stories explore the role of race in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the 2001 race riots in Cincinnati, Ohio, the 2005 opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the future of the NAACP.
PBS: Now With Bill Moyers: Katrina: The Response: Race and Class in the Delta South
This short article explores conditions for blacks in the Delta South. This page, part of Now With Bill Moyers’ extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, includes 2004 U.S. Census data on where the Delta states rank nationally in education, household income and the number of people living in poverty.
Rochester Wiki: The People’s Guide to Rochester
Explore this guide to Rochester by local residents with more than 1,700 user-created pages. The site includes city news, information on visiting and living in Rochester and interesting facts about the city.
Rochester Web Design: Rochester Timeline
Trace the history of Rochester from the 1700s to 2001 with a timeline that is part of the Web site of a Rochester-based Web design firm. The site also includes Rochester trivia, a Web cam and digital images of the city.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County Quick Facts: Rochester, New York
Get the facts on Rochester, New York using U.S. Census reports, maps and tables on population, household income and education.
The Progress Report: Interview With Saul Alinsky: The Struggle With Eastman Kodak
Read an interview with Saul Alinsky about the struggle to integrate the Kodak workforce. This interview originally appeared in Playboy magazine in 1972.
The Detroit News: The 1943 Detroit Race Riots
Read this story on early race riots in Detroit and browse dramatic black and white photographs taken during the disturbance.
BBC News: On This Day: 1962: Mississippi Race Riots Over First Black Student
Read or listen to a 1962 BBC broadcast of a speech by President John F. Kennedy after riots broke out when the University of Mississippi admitted its first black student.
The Washington Post: Burned, Baby, Burned: Watts and the Tragedy of Black America
In this 2005 article, author John McWhorter argues that the riots in Watts launched a new—and misguided—tactic of menacing protest and rebellion for its own sake in the struggle for civil rights.
San Francisco Chronicle: Katrina Thrusts Race and Poverty Onto National Stage: Bush and Congress Under Pressure to Act
This 2005 article examines how images of impoverished Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, waiting in vain for government help, have forced a national conversation on race and urban poverty.
The Remaking of a City: Rochester, New York 1964-1984
by Lou Buttino and Mark Hare
(Kendall Hunt Pub Co., 1984)
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle columnist Mark Hare and Rochester Professor Lou Buttino analyze the progress of Rochester since the 1964 race riot.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul Alinsky
(Vintage; Reissue edition, 1989)
A primer for have-nots on how to organize to achieve real political power.
A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America
by Shelby Steele
(Harper Perennial; 1st edition, 1999)
In these essays, Steele, a self-described black conservative and a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, opines on the origins and effects of affirmative action mandates.
by Ralph Ellison
(Vintage; 2nd edition, 1995)
This 1952 classic chronicles the travels of its narrator, a young, nameless black man, as he moves through the hellish levels of American intolerance and cultural blindness.
Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America
by John McWhorter
(Harper Perennial, 2001)
In this controversial book, John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, contends that African Americans use past injustices as an excuse for not taking advantage of contemporary opportunities.
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
(Vintage; 1st Vintage classics edition, 1995)
This chronological collection of Hughes’ wise, insightful poetry follows his career-long political engagement.