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April 28-30: 25 years after the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

Flash Point 2017 explores the past, present and future of race relations in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Uprising

As part of the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin lecture series, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs invites you to examine the socio-political factors that provoked the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, as well as its impact on the racial and economic climate in L.A. and across the U.S.

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles experienced racial tension and ensuing riots across the city, making it clear that the social body demanded change in the relationship between police officers and racial minorities.

Twenty-five years after the L.A. Uprising, the city and its people are still questioning the treatment of people of color and oppressive socio-political institutions. As the city continues to navigate modern activism, it is crucial to reflect on the history of political and social organizing that has created the Los Angeles of today.

A three-day series of events featuring panel discussions and art, film and media exhibitions, Flash Point 2017 starts on Friday, April 28, with an all-day event, "Sa-I-Gu: The Los Angeles Uprisings 25 Years Later — Witnessing the Past, Envisioning the Future," at 11 a.m.-5:15 p.m., sponsored by he UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. To attend the panel discussions, keynote address and CrossCheck Live roundtable, register here. Registration is free and open to the public.An Embrace Unity Gala Dinner, a ticketed event, will be held at the conclusion. More information can be found here on that gathering

Flash Point 2017 will feature two panels and screenings on Saturday, April 29, that will investigate the evolution of community organizing and the role media, particularly film, have played in creating and reflecting social change. In partnership with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, film screenings of Dai Sil Kim-Gibson’s “Wet Sands: Voices from LA” and Justin Chon’s “Gook” will explore the uprising through a Korean-American perspective.

An ongoing art exhibit from April 28-30 in Little Tokyo will display a variety of art inspired by the uprisings. On Sunday, April 30, there will be a follow-up discussion with the artists from 2-3 p.m. in Little Tokyo.

Detailed schedules and event programs can be found online, as well as in-depth participant-biographies.

Tickets for Chon’s “Gook” can be purchased online. All other events are free and open to the public with reservation. Registration is required, but does not guarantee seating. Seating is first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.

Event locations include: 

  • the UCLA Luskin Conference Center; 
  • the Little Tokyo Community Place, VIDA, 249 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA; 
  • the Japanese American National Museum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Tateuchi Forum, 111 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012;
  • and the Japanese American National Museum, Aratani Central Hall, 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
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