Images from protests around the country this week are evoking memories of the political and social upheaval of the 1960s, another period when demonstrations of this scope and scale engulfed the county. The 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sparked similar riots and protests across the country. A few years earlier, violent protests exploded in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles following an altercation between African Americans and police. Forum examines the history of black protest and civic uprising in the U.S. and what it teaches us about this moment.
What 1968 Can Teach Us About Protest and Upheaval in 2020
Clayborne Carson, director, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics, Princeton University
Elizabeth Hinton, professor of history and African and African American Studies, Harvard University