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LA 92 Screening and Our Last Diversity Class with Professor Joy Reid

By Allison Raymond

On Wednesday, April 26th, students of Professor Joy Reid’s Race, Gender, and the Media class met in Harlem for the screening of LA 92,” a documentary about the LA riots in 1992. We were the youngest people there, and several people were shocked that we were not yet born at the time of these riots, but were also happy to see that we wanted to learn more about them.

The film itself was extremely well done and at times emotionally intense. The directors sorted through over 100 hours of video to create this stunning piece of film. There was no narration and it only consisted of original footage, which was very interesting to see. The film showed the events leading up to the riots and captured the shocking moments in a way that will definitely stick with me. Similarly to the screening of “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” we attended earlier in the program, it wasn’t necessarily a “fun” thing to watch, but it was definitely a powerful learning experience.

Because it was our last class, Professor Reid took us to Melba’s, a Southern comfort food restaurant. As we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the staff and a personalized menu that Professor Reid had set up for us. She also gave each of us a signed copy of her book, Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and the Racial Divide, and a copy of George Lois’s Damn Good Advice. The food was amazing (that mac and cheese was to die for!) and we had a blast hanging out with Prof. Reid.

Even at 11:00pm, we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t want this class to end! Prof. Reid has been such a positive energy and we are sad that our learning experience with her has come to an end. Thank you Prof. Reid for all that you have done for us this semester! We are all proud to be your first class.

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