The Peekskill Riots

Casita Maria Center for
Arts and Education
The Bronx, NY
August 2012

In 1948, the African American singer, actor, and political activist, Paul Robeson planned a concert at Peekskill, New York. Attendees were attacked by anti-communist and Ku Klux Klan protesters. A week later the concert was re-staged in an open field, with trade union members and leftwing political acitivists surrounding Robeson as a "human shield."

The Peekskill Riots is a social- pedagogical project, created in conjunction with New York City Public School students.

The exact form of the project is undertermined as the students will have significant input into the final form and content of the project. Watch this space for more details.

For more information on the historical events, start here.