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Rodney King’s The Riot Within is a powerful, revealing memoir in which an unlikely icon tells for the first time the full story of his life, taking the reader through a moment-by-moment account of the experience of the infamous beating and harrowing stories of the widespread violence sparked by the officers’ acquittal—violence that nearly destroyed the city of Los Angeles. King will be at the Schomburg Center on Tuesday discussing his book with Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

  • Aunt Pearl

    If you haven't already, check out Anna Deveare Smith's documentary plays Twilight, on the King incident & its aftermath, and Fires in the Mirror, on Crown Heights NY incidents/aftermath.

  • Johnnie Jackson

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Aunt Pearl

    Yay! Love sharing culture! You might also be interested in the stories behind the Gees Bend quilters.

  • Johnnie Jackson

    Gretchen B. thanks for the suggestion I will need to check it out!

posters created for Schomburg Center.

Arthur Schomburg (January 24, 1874 –June 8, 1938), He was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Over the years, he collected literature, art, slave narratives, and other materials of African history, which was purchased to become the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, named in his honor, at the New York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Harlem.

John C. Robinson, The Brown Condor - Born in Florida in 1903 and raised in Mississippi, Robinson graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in 1924. He went on to head Selassie's Ethiopian Air Force in the 1930s and to teach at Tuskegee in the 1930s and 40s. He died in 1954 due to burns incurred during the engine failure and crash of his training plane. (Information via Oxford African American Studies Center. Illustration via Nick Derington on Flickr)

Charbonnet Family, Mother & Son | Faubourg Treme, New Orleans

Union officer with "contraband", 1862

1800s Photo of a Black Woman

Gifted soprano singer Leontyne Price looking elegantly lovely in this wonderful colour portrait. #vintage #singer #musician #soprano #opera

Carte de visite by Morse of Huntsville, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. A slave or freedwoman sitting with her hands folded. Her hands say as much as her face. A 2x3-inch magnet featuring this carte de visite is available for purchase at Center Hall Cafe on CafePress.

Women of Fauberg Treme, New Orleans and their dog. Faubourg Tremé is the oldest black neighborhood in America, and the origin of the southern civil rights movement and the birthplace of jazz.