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19:00 - 23:00 14 March 2013

UCL Urban Laboratory and Spatial Fix present Urban Revolutions: Detroit


Roxy Bar & Screen (link Map)
128-132 Borough High Street | London | SE1 1LB |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: £4
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Dr Lawrence Webb, Kings College London Film Studies
Prof Andy Merrifield, University of Manchester

In the sixties and seventies Detroit was famous for its cars, music and riots - but less well known is that the Motor City also generated a new type of revolutionary politics that confronted the urban crisis head on.

The 1970 film 'Finally Got the News' documents the climate of resistance and racism that gave rise to the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organization at an urban scale to resist the exploitation faced by both black and white people in Detroit.

The film will be introduced by Dr Lawrence Webb (King's College London Film Studies) and followed by an open discussion with the urban philosopher Andy Merrifield about urban revolutions past, present and future. There will also be a DJ set of Detroit techno, house and electro.


Laura Hirst
+44 (0)20 7679 1890 | l.hirst@ucl.ac.uk


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UCL Urban Lab - Urban Revolutions Detroit