"ATTICA USA 1971" CROSS MEETINGIn partnership with co-op bookstore Envie de Lire
In January 1972, Archie Shepp makes every effort to rub his free jazz workbench with flaws of Soul and Gospel, further specifying his idea of the black side of the USA. Under his brush, there is a deflagration dated September 1971. The mutiny that broke out at Attica Penitentiary in Attica, New York, shortly after the murder of Black Panther activist George Jackson on August 21, 1971, at San Quentin Penitentiary in California. In the Attica Penitentiary, armbands and silence flourish. Opposite, Governor Rockefeller let the guns do the talking for four days. There will be forty-three deaths. Forty-three names in addition to those engraved by civil rights demands, in protest against American racism, including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and the four little girls of Birmingham, Alabama.
With ATTICA USA 1971, historian Philippe Artières combines the collective memory of these days of rebellion with the contributions of researchers, including Caroline Rolland Diamond, author of Black America: A History of the Struggles for Equality and Justice (19th-21st Century) (published by La Découverte in 2016).