Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Location Info:Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA 90071
On Sept. 9, 1971, inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility gathered to agitate for better treatment of their fellow prisoners. One thing led to another and ultimately 39 prisoners and jailers lay dead in the wreckage. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon) — which won the Pulitzer Prize in history last year for author Heather Ann Thompson — gives you the lowdown on the uprising from protest to payback and beyond. She'll discuss the book with Kelly Lytle Hernandez, director of the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies.
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