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Rodney King Beating Was 30 Years Ago Today; Courtroom Sketches Now at Library

Posted by: Neely Tucker

The Library recently acquired courtroom artist Mary Chaney's sketches from the trials of Rodney King in Los Angeles from 1992-1994. The Black motorist was beaten viciously by white police officers after a high-speed chase in 1991. The acquittal of the officers in state court set off days of deadly riots and became a touchstone in American society.

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National Book Festival Presents: Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch

Posted by: Neely Tucker

In a National Book Festival Presents conversation that premieres tonight (June 5), Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch discuss the national protests that have roiled the nation after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.