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Black Lives Matter: Critical perspectives on Blackness, State Sanctioned Violence, Activism and Resistance

Scholarly and popular texts related to social constructions of blackness, policing, and incarceration, and social movements preceding and including Black Lives Matter.

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The Central Park Five


" In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, Ken Burns tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. "

Ken Burns: The Central Park five [Video file]. (2012). In Films On Demand. Retrieved July 14, 2016, from