The L.A. Uprising: 25 Years Later
This series examines the events and after-effects of the L.A. uprising on its 25th anniversary. Copresented with the UCLA Department of History and the UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies.
Screening of Rodney King
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Roger Guenveur Smith's Bessie Award-winning solo performance is inspired by the late Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by LAPD officers ignited the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. Twenty-five years after the uprising, Smith reunites with director Spike Lee for their ninth collaboration. Followed by a Q&A with Roger Guenveur Smith and UC Santa Barbara Professor Stephanie Batiste. Unfortunately Spike Lee will not be attending.
The screening and discussion is followed by a reception with the artists in the Hammer's courtyard, featuring the a live DJ set by the film's composer Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius).
Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Screening of Do Not Resist
Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Beginning on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist offers a shocking look at the militarization of police forces in America. Followed by a discussion with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors.