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Professor and Author Peter B. Levy to Lead Program on York County Riots

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June 28, 2018
On Sunday, July 15, at 2 P.M., Professor Peter B. Levy will be presenting a program on his book “The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America in the 1960s”and the York County race riots of the 1960s.
Between 1963 and 1972, America experienced over 750 urban revolts. Considered collectively, they comprise what Levy terms a “Great Uprising”. During the program, the professor will examine three of these uprisings – in Cambridge and Baltimore, Maryland, and York, Pennsylvania - over the arc of the entire decade; discussing the impact these uprisings had on millions of ordinary Americans. He will be challenging both conservative and liberal interpretations, emphasizing that these riots must be placed within historical context to be properly understood. In addition, Levy will be presenting a cautionary tale by challenging the audience to consider if the conditions that produced this “Great Uprising” are still predominant in American culture today.
Levy is a professor of history at York College where he has taught courses on recent American history, the Civil Rights Movement, women in the U.S., and race and justice.  In addition to the “The Great Uprising”, Professor Levy is the author of over a dozen other books, including “Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland” and “The New Left and Labor”.  He is also the co-editor of “The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America”and a co-author of “United States History: Modern America”.  
Also on July 15, Martin Library will host a Summer 2018 Local Author Fair from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.  The event provides an opportunity for community members to connect with a variety of local authors and discuss their books.  The afternoon program features authors who specialize in writing nonfiction and fiction about history and historical events.  Nonfiction authors appearing on July 15 include Scott Mingus (Civil War era); Jim and Suzanne Gindlesperger (historical travel); Leon Reed (Civil War–Gettysburg); Georg Sheets (York County); and Paul Mitura (military history).  Fiction authors Don Helin and Connie Scharon will also be on hand.  Books will be available for purchase that day. 
These events are free of charge to the public. Registration is appreciated and can be done by calling (717) 849 – 6926 or online at yorklibraries.org/york-martin. Questions about library programs can be directed to Sarah Fretz or Stephanie Auker at (717) 849-6926 or at AdultPrograms@yorklibraries.org.
Martin Library is a branch of York County Libraries. It is located at 159 E. Market Street in the city of York and has been transforming lives and building communities since 1935.

Deb Sullivan, Director Of Community Relations
(717) 849-6969