Wednesday, June 24 at noon, professors and historians Dr. Simon Balto and Dr. Ashley Howard discussed the history of violence against the black community and how to move forward. The event was moderated by Dr. Jo Butterfield, UICHR staff member and Adjunct Professor in the UI Department of History. 

About the speakers

Simon Balto teaches, researches, and writes about African American history in the United States. His first book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), explores the development of a police system in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods that over the course of the mid-twentieth century became simultaneously brutally repressive and neglectful. His writing has also appeared in TIME magazine, The Washington PostThe Progressive, the Journal of African American HistoryLabor, and numerous other popular and scholarly outlets.

Ashley Howard received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois. She joins the University of Iowa faculty in fall 2019 coming from Loyola University, New Orleans. Her research interests include African Americans in the Midwest; the intersection between race, class, and gender; and the global history of racial violence. Her manuscript Prairie Fires: Class, Gender, and Regional Intersections in the 1960s Urban Rebellions analyzes the 1960s urban rebellions in the Midwest, grounded in the way race, class, gender, and region played critical and overlapping roles in defining resistance to racialized oppression. Dr. Howard's work has appeared in Real News Network, The Black ScholarNoJargon podcast, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her 'Then the Burnings Began" article is the winner of the 2018 James L. Sellers Memorial Prize.


For additional resources, please see the recommended list below the recording.  

Select Reading Recommendations 

Full reading-list-Historical-Perspectives

Short Reads--Editorials and Op-Eds: Historical Perspectives on AntiBlack Violence

Books on the History of AntiBlack Racism  


Books on the Long Civil Rights Movement-Black Power Era


**Select recommended readings list adapted from Trish Kahle, “Teaching in an Uprising: Readings on Race and Democracy” (AAHIS, June 2, 2020); Marcia Chatelain, #FergusonSyllabus; and Chad Williams, Kidada E. Williams, and Keisha N. Blain, #CharlestonSyllabus (AAHIS).  This list is not intended to be comprehensive.  Apologies in advance for omissions.  Created 6.24.2020