Levin College Forum

Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland

Monday, April 9, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Moot Court Room
Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Cleveland State University
1801 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

About this Event

Featuring James Robenalt, Thompson Hine

James D. Robenalt is the author of Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland.  The book traces Cleveland’s political climate in 1968, weaving a spellbinding story that examines the origins of violence in a city that became ground zero during the civil rights and black power struggles.  The compelling story of urban race relations still resonates in 2018. He previously authored January 1973, The Harding Affair, and Linking Rings.
Robenalt is also partner in Thompson Hine's Business Litigation practice group. He has been named as one of America's Leading Lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers. Jim has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

July 23, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Glenville shootout in Cleveland. Fifty years later, the question is: have things materially changed in America’s race relations? Black Lives Matter was spawned by some of the same conditions that provoked the Glenville bloodbath. And nationally, a Nixonian counterrevolution has been mimicked by Donald Trump, who fashioned his 2016 acceptance speech in Cleveland on Nixon’s “Law and Order” speech in Miami in 1968. Two weeks before Trump’s speech, a black veteran gunned down five police officers in Dallas. 

Historian and author James Robenalt addresses these questions in his new book Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland.
The program will also include:
  • Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University (Dean Anglin will give concluding remarks.)
  • Walter Beach, Author, Civil Rights Activist and NFL Championship Football Player
  • Lee Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
  • Imam Mutawaf Shaheed, Eyewitness to events leading up the 1968 shootout. Imam and black nationalist poet

Event Sponsor

This event is sponsored by Thompson Hine, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.