WXXI Remembers July '64

In July of 1964 a three-day race riot erupted in two African-American neighborhoods in Rochester. In remembrance WXXI will present July '64, the locally produced documentary that tells the story of the riot, on Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. WXXI first presented the documentary in 2012 — including a screening at the Little Theatre — and it has since aired nationally on Independent Lens.

Directed by Carvin Eison and produced by Chris Christopher, July '64 explores what happened at a street dance in Rochester on one hot July night when a routine arrest took a turn for the worse and ended with the National Guard being called to a northern city for the first time during the era of the Civil Rights Movement. It uncovers new information about an often-overlooked episode in American civil rights history and uses this historic event to question why race remains a central issue in America today. You can find out more about the film by clicking here.