Remembering James Powell and the Harlem Riots of 1964

An off duty police lieutenant shot and killed a 15-year-old negro boy in Yorkville yesterday when the youngster allegedly threatened him with a knife New York Times, July 17, 1964

The 1964 Harlem Riot was one of a number of race-based protests that took place in several cities across the United States during the 1960s. As elsewhere across the U.S., Blacks in Harlem Blacks reacted to racial discrimination, segregation, police brutality and social injustices that dominated their lives.