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Racial Violence in America

This course examines the nature and history of race violence in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present.

Online Resources

Black Lives Matter Web Archive

This is a searchable database of preserved websites related to the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly concerning activism in response to police shootings in cities including Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY, and Charlotte, NC.

Activism at UNC Charlotte, Fall, 2016

These photographs were taken by Lynn Roberson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UNC Charlotte. Photographs depict two demonstrations on campus in response to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and an event titled An Artistic Protest.

K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South

This is "a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and in Charlotte.  Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media, students, clergy and civic leaders, K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace explores the historical roots of the distrust between police and community, tells the human stories beyond the headlines, and engages viewers in creating constructive solutions. The exhibition also captures the voices of local police, protesters, emergency personnel, faith leaders and others reflecting on their personal experiences during Charlotte’s protests. The exhibit features photographer Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.’s powerful images of local and national protests and compelling displays curated by Dr. Tiffany Packer and students at Johnson C. Smith University. A community-response section looks at the meaning of the Charlotte Protests—highlighting the diverse perspectives held by community stakeholders and others impacted by recent events." Located at the corner of College and 7th Streets, Uptown Charlotte. Admission for students with a valid id. is $7. Half off every Sunday.

Documenting Ferguson

This resource "seeks to preserve and make accessible the digital media captured and created by community members following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014." 

Baltimore Uprising

This resource is "a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible original content that was captured and created by individual community members, grassroots organizations, and witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray April 19, 2015."

A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

This resource "collects, preserves, and shares the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens. Organized in Summer 2015 by Cleveland residents and professional archivists from across the U.S., the archive hopes to provide the Cleveland community--especially survivors of police violence and the families of victims-- a safe and secure space to share any testimony, documents, or accounts that narrate or reflect on encounters or effects of police violence in their lives and communities."