On Sept. 9, 1971, the Attica Prison riot (Rebellion) began.
As Howard Zinn explains in A People’s History of the United States: “The most direct effect of the George Jackson murder was the rebellion at Attica prison — a rebellion that came from long, deep grievances… . 54% of the inmates were black; 100% of the guards were white. Prisoners spent 14 to 16 hours a day in their cells, their mail was read, their reading material restricted, their visits from families conducted through a mesh screen, their medical care disgraceful, their parole system inequitable, racism everywhere.”
Here are links to two primers on Attica and films for teaching outside the textbook about Attica: http://bit.ly/NiOWd6
Image of Elliot L.D. Barkley by Katy Groves from the free, downloadable “Attica Uprising 101: A Short Primer” produced by Project NIA, see here: http://bit.ly/1qbKgt9
Via Zinn Education Project