July ’64

February 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

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It’s Black History Month!

To kick things off we’re going local with the documentary July ’64It tells the story of a summer night in Rochester, NY in 1964:

The night of Friday, July 24th, 1964 started off normally enough in Rochester, New York, stiflingly hot and humid; but by the next morning no one would look at race relations in the North the same again.  Frustration and resentment brought on by institutional racism, overcrowding, lack of job opportunity and police dog attacks exploded in racial violence that brought Rochester to its knees.  Facing a second night of urban disturbances, a state of emergency was declared; and Governor Nelson Rockefeller sent 450 National Guard troops into Rochester.  This was the first time the National Guard had been used in a Civil Rights struggle in the North – but it certainly wouldn’t be the last.  July ’64 takes a penetrating look at the underlying causes of the riots, or urban insurrections, that swept through American cities like wildfires that summer and in the years since.”

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