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).
"To Protect and to Serve": Strategies for Law Enforcement Reform 25 Years After Rodney King
Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Civil rights attorney Connie Rice, police officer Anwar Sanders, and UCLA law professors Devon Carbado and Beth Colgan discuss the efficacy of consent decrees and other police reform policies including bias training, body cameras, and community policing.
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.