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York College history prof, book author to discuss York race revolts on Feb. 6

January 17, 2019
The Great Uprising

York College Professor of History Peter Levy, author of the 2018 book “The Great Uprising: Race Revolts in Urban American During the 1960s,” will reflect on York’s race revolts at 7 p.m., Feb. 6, in the College’s Waldner Performing Arts Center. Free tickets may be reserved on ( Group tickets may be reserved by contacting Karin Swartz at The event, part of the Hidden Figures Series presented by the Center for Community Engagement, is open to the public free of charge. 

York experienced one of the nation’s most severe racial revolts 50 years ago. Little noticed at the time by the national press and rarely discussed publicly by locals, York's uprising captured international attention more than years later when Mayor Charles Robertson was arrested and charged with the murder of Lillie Belle Allen, a black woman who had been killed during York's 1969 revolt.

Levy will present an overview of the causes and consequences of York's revolt, stretching back to the migration of African-Americans during the middle decades of the 20th century to recent times. In addition to providing a framework for better understanding York’s -- and the well-over 300 revolts -- that took place during the 1960s, Levy hopes to stimulate a discussion of why it is important to examine the racial uprising of the 1960s rather than keep them hidden away with other uncomfortable parts of our past.

Hidden Figures is a year-long celebration of the contributions of communities of color and other under-served populations. It intends to surface many histories yet to be told and many voices yet to tell them.

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