Witness to History | Attica: Beyond the Riot

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Witness to History | Attica: Beyond the Riot

More than forty years after the violent events at Attica Correctional Facility, scholars and participants are still unravelling the fallout and meaning of the 1971 Attica prison riot. Craig Floyd, former Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, welcomed the nearly 100 guests in attendance. He then introduced the panel moderator, Frank Bond, documentary filmmaker, veteran journalist and former anchor at WUSA-TV in Washington, DC; and panelists, Donald Almeter and Michael Smith, former Corrections Officers who were taken hostage during the riots; and Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, professor of African-American Studies and History at Temple University and author of an upcoming book covering the history of the Attica prison.

Featuring:

Moderator

  • Frank Bond, Former anchor at WUSA-TV in Washington, DC

Panelists:

  • Donald Almeter, corrections officer at Attica Prison
  • Michael Smith, corrections officer at Attica Prison
  • Heather Ann Thompson, professor of African-American Studies and History at Temple University, author of Blood In The Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

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