The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath

Community Forum

“After the race riots in 1968 and 1969, York held a Charrette, described as a form of civic group therapy. The community-wide forum focused on the causes of the wrenching unrest and ways to address those crucial issues. Several organizations grew directly out of that effort, which covered nine days in April 1970: Family First Health, Rabbittransit, The Housing Council and York Housing Development Corporation. About 50 years after the riots and the Charrette, how far has York come in dealing with these weighty community issues – and how much work is left to be done?”

Jim McClure – York Daily Record
Jenny Englerth – Family First Health
Michael Jefferson – Crispus Attucks
Richard Farr – Rabbittransit
Dr. Kenneth Woerthwein – York NAACP and City of York Human Relations Commission
Dr. Deborah McMillan – WellSpan Health

Free and open to the public.


On May 30, Martin Library opened our building to a community–wide forum, “The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath”. The program drew 170 members of the community, including seniors, young adults and children with their families.

Panelists shared how York has dealt with these issues and acknowledged more must be done. Community members shared their personal stories and observations. Ideas for future action include creation of a county wide human relations commission, engaging youth in the community and inclusion of the Hispanic and other diverse populations into this discussion. A Charrette 2.0 is being planned.

To view the live stream of the event follow the link below.