Stonewall Uprising

Yesterday's Spirit of the Sixties season continues by focusing on the struggle for civil rights.

Stonewall Uprising

Sunday 2nd October, 10pm Using eyewitness accounts and rare archival footage, the Stonewall Uprising documents an often forgotten but hugely important event for the civil rights movement.

Stonewall Uprising tells the remarkable story when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on 28th June, 1969.

The street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

At that time New York had the largest gay population in America. But it was also the city that had the most aggressively upheld anti-homosexual laws.

Something had to give, and in a decade where riots and protest were commonplace thanks to a monumental shift in attitudes the raid on the Stonewall bar precipitated an explosion of resentment.