Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

9/8/2016 at 6:30 PM – Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy, by award-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson of University of Michigan, sheds new light on one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century—the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising in upstate New York.  The book explores every aspect of the uprising and its legacy from the perspectives of all of those involved in this 45-year fight for justice—the prisoners, the state officials, the lawyers, the state troopers and corrections officers, and the families of the slain men. Thompson has written on the history of mass incarceration—as well as its current impact—for a number of publications. Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will join her in conversation. A book signing will follow.

Cost: FREE. Note Registration is required via

First come, first seated – For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests, please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037


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