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Attica Prison Uprising 50th Anniversary
July 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Upcoming Webinar
Attica Prison Uprising 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00pm ET:

The Attica Prison Uprising in 1971 was a significant event in the Prisoner’s Rights Movement that called for major changes in New York’s corrections system. Based on the incarcerated men’s demands for better living conditions and political rights, the five days of rebellion offer essential context for contemporary conversations about prison reform. In this program we examine racial justice activism, civil rights, and the significance of the 50th Anniversary.


Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan, and is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016).

She also served as an advisor to the widely acclaimed States of Incarceration Project, as well as an advisor to Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund, and is a co-founder of the Carceral State Project, with its Documenting Criminalization and Confinement research initiative, at the University of Michigan.

David Rothenberg is the founder of The Fortune Society, one of the nation’s leading reentry service organizations, serving nearly 7,000 individuals annually. He is also a leading advocate for criminal justice reform and alternatives to incarceration.

During the uprising, he was a member of the Attica Observers Committee.

Tyrone Larkins is an Attica survivor who actively shares his story. 


July 21, 2021
6:00 pm