Anna Deavere Smith

actress and playwright

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Actress and playwright who has appeared on television and in film; Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant

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A recent conference on the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King riots was called "Los Angeles: America, only sooner." What are the lessons for the rest of America — then and now?

What Can the Rest of the Country Learn from the LA Riots?

A recent conference on the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King riots was called "Los Angeles: America, only sooner." What are the lessons for the rest of America — then and now?

from Which Way, L.A.?

In 1991, Rodney King, an African American, was chased down for drunk driving by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department.

What Can the Rest of the Country Learn from the LA Riots?

In 1991, Rodney King, an African American, was chased down for drunk driving by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department.

from To the Point

(L-R) Warren Olney, Gary Phillips, Anna Deavere Smith and John Singleton

From Gangsta Rap to Bwy Theater: Cultural Touchstones of the LA Riots

(L-R) Warren Olney, Gary Phillips, Anna Deavere Smith and John Singleton

from Which Way, L.A.?

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