John B. Davis Education Service Center
1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Riot police along Plymouth Avenue during the rebellion in North Minneapolis
Riot police along Plymouth Avenue during the rebellion in North Minneapolis. Photo Courtesy MN Historical Society

Keith Mayes, associate professor of African-American and African Studies, University of Minnesota

Spike Moss, civil rights activist

For three nights in July 1967, the North Side of Minneapolis along Plymouth Avenue erupted in rebellion. Police and National Guard units were called in to occupy parts of the neighborhood in response. The so-called "urban crisis" of the 1960s produced similar events in many other cities in the U.S. This crisis and the conditions behind it that prevailed in many communities of color during the 1960s was the impetus for the University board of Regents to establish the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) in 1968.  As we commemorate our 50th anniversary, we have invited community leader Spike Moss and Keith Mayes, associate professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota to join us for the last in our Anniversary Seminar series. Moss and Mayes will discuss the events of July 1967 and their relevance for today. 

Video from the event


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