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Detroiters Speak Fall 2020: Policing Black Power - From Watts to Detroit
Watts 1965: Black Power and State Repression
The first class will frame the trajectory of our four-week course before moving on to address the impact of the Watts rebellion on state violence. It situates the Watts rebellion as a key turning point that led to increasingly militant Black activism as well as the militarization of police, expanded surveillance, and the promulgation of “copaganda” that built off of growing calls for “law and order” and reinforced and expanded hyper-policing and the criminalization Black urban communities, residents, and politics in the 60s, including in Detroit.
- Facilitator: David Goldberg (Associate Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University. His work deals with the intersection of Black labor, urban and social movement history, with a particular focus on Detroit (where he is from). He is currently writing a biography of General Baker and is on the board of the General Baker Institute.)
- Max Felkner-Kantor
- Baba Charles Simmons
- Will McClendon
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