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It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform

May 04, 2017
6:30 PM EDT - 9:00 PM EDT
LIB 72, 350 Victoria Street
I. Abdillahi,

The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project in partnership with the Social Justice Institute at Brock University, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Young Street Uprising. On May 4 we debut the long anticipated film “It Takes A Riot” followed by a panel discussion.

On May 4, 1992 in Toronto, a march against anti-Black police violence turned into a riot. The march was organized by the Black Action Defense Committee, a civil rights group and police and criminal justice system watchdog founded by members of Toronto’s Black community. While media and politicians called it a riot, others, including anti-racism activists, called it a “rebellion,” even an “uprising.” “It Takes A Riot” is a provocative new documentary film exploring the events of May 4, 1992, its historical context, political impact, and relevance to contemporary struggles against anti-Black racism. On the 25th anniversary of the Yonge Street “riot”—and with racial injustice, police killings of Black people, and the Black Lives Matter movement on the front pages—this documentary asks: What does it take for Black people to get justice in this society?

Event Emcee: Desmond Cole

Akua Benjamin
Simon Black
Lennox Farrel
Sandy Hudson
Angela Robertson (Moderator)