Author (Your Name)

Matthew P. GawleyFollow

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. History Dept.


Robert Weisbrot

Second Advisor

Chris Asch


The past two decades have witnessed a critical re-analysis of the many African American urban “ghetto revolts” of the 1960s and 1970s. This paper analyzes one of the one hundred fifty-seven violent incidents of the “Long Hot Summer” of 1967, the Buffalo Uprising (June 26 – July 1, 1967). Building from recent research which indicates this incident had deeply political overtones, this work demonstrates the student-driven nature of the five-day rebellion, and the internal collaboration participants engaged in during their violent and non-violent activities. Drawing upon personally conducted interviews, interviews from 1967, newspaper testimony, and various publications, this new understanding complicates the current scholarly knowledge of this particular violent upheaval, as well as larger implications in understanding the northern thrust of the Black Liberation Movement.


Buffalo, Rebellions, 1967, Insurgency, Students, Public Schools, Protest