Dornsife Dialogues: 30 Years Later

Tuesday, April 12 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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L.A.'s 1992 civil unrest: examining the causes and legacy

For five days in late 1992, Los Angeles was in the grip of civil unrest that led to significant death and destruction, causing the mayor to declare a state of emergency. The uprising followed the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with using excessive force in the brutal, videotaped beating of a Black man named Rodney King.

What are the factors that led to this civil unrest and what are the commonalities with other uprisings in the United States? What significant actions have happened since the civil unrest to address the causes and to help heal and build relationships across communities? How can the lessons from this event continue to heal and improve society today?


  • Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard (moderator), assistant director of community and public engagement at the USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture
  • Manuel Pastor, director of the USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, and Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC Dornsife
  • George Sanchez, director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history

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Dornsife Dialogues

Join us for stimulating online forums in which leading scholars and distinguished alumni from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences share new perspectives, research-based findings and fresh insight on timely topics. The free events are open to the entire USC community and general public.

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