UCLA's Bunche Center to host event examining media images of 1992 L.A. 'riots'
By Ricardo Vazquez April 25, 2012 Category: Campus News
To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 civil unrest commonly known as the "Los Angeles riots," Professor Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and author of the book "Screening the Los Angeles 'Riots': Race, Seeing, and Resistance," will join Jordan T. Camp, a UCLA lecturer in Afro-American studies for a discussion of how media images shaped the public's understanding and perception of that watershed historical event.
The disturbances were triggered 20 years ago, on April 29, 1992, when not-guilty verdicts exonerated Los Angeles police officers who were videotaped beating African American motorist Rodney King. Proclaimed "the worst riots of the century" by the Los Angeles Times, the unrest resulted in at least 51 deaths, more than $1 billion in property damage and thousands of arrests.
Hunt and Camp will also examine how 20th-anniversary media retrospectives may frame this important moment in American history.
The discussion will feature the following participants:
Director of the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies and professor of sociology
Jordan T. Camp
UCLA lecturer in Afro-American studies
WHEN:6 p.m., Thursday, April 26
135 Haines Hall, UCLA campus (map)
375 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles 90095