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Racial Unrest in America: Home


This research guide was created in response to the August 2014 unrest in the city of Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer.  Ferguson is home to the Florissant Valley campus of the St. Louis Community College, and for this reason, the campus is strongly invested in the community.  Understanding that the events in Ferguson would prompt classroom discussions, open forums and potential academic courses, this guide was designed to include not only Ferguson, but other racialized events in U.S. history as well.  These events are limited to include those that exposed a racial divide or that sparked racial tension, controversy or civil unrest. Examples include the beating of Rodney King, The O.J. Simpson trial and acquittal, rioting in cities such as Detroit and the Watts section of Los Angeles during the 1960s, and the Trayvon Martin case. To further limit the scope, this guide will focus exclusively on the response of African Americans to a history of racial injustice. Other racial and ethnic minorities will be examined elsewhere. This guide is a work in progress with material being added and updated periodically.

Professor Kimberly Norwood to speak on Ferguson February 9, 2017


Photo courtesy Washington University

Kimberly Norwood, JD, the Henry H. Oberschlelp Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, is the editor of a new book, Ferguson’s Fault Lines:  the Race Quake that Rocked a Nation.  On February 9th, exactly two and a half years after the shooting death of Michael Brown, she will discuss the impact of that event and how "Ferguson" changed a community as well as a nation. The event is free and open to the public.  See link to flyer below for details.  For more information on Ferguson, click on the "Ferguson" tab on this guide.

Racial Unrest in America


Ferguson, MO.  August 2014  Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Racial Unrest in America

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000