[Blackstudies-l] Attica Prison Uprising--September Events

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Sat Aug 19 15:37:26 EDT 2017

Dear Geneseo Community, 

As many of you know, forty-six years ago, 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica prison in upstate New York to protest years of neglect and ill treatment. Heavily armed state troopers and correctional officers retook the prison and killed more than three dozen men (both hostages and prisoners).

The History Department and Black Studies program (with generous support from many others) are co-sponsoring four events related to the Attica Prison Uprising in September, including a panel of people involved and a talk by historian Heather Thompson, whose book on Attica won a Pulitzer Prize, among many others. 

In addition to sharing the attached flyer, which has more detail about the Attica uprising and the planned events, please note that some of the location information has been updated and the focus of Thompson’s talk has changed slightly. Given the significance of Attica to the Geneseo and surrounding community, she will be directly addressing the Attica uprising and why it matters today, rather than focusing more explicitly on mass incarceration. (Her talk will still touch on mass incarceration.)

Please post and share the flyers, spread the word, and encourage students and others to attend. 


Emilye Crosby
Professor of History
Coordinator of Black Studies
crosby at geneseo.edu
Sturges Hall 13L
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

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