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It was 50 years ago that Rochester was rocked by three-days of rioting that erupted in two predominantly African American neighborhoods. A number of factors contributed to the violence, including a lack of job opportunities for African Americans, overcrowding and allegations of police brutality.This series not only looks back at the issues that led to the rioting 50 years ago, but looks forward at issues still impacting that same community and whether we could ever see something like that happen again.

Need to Know Special: Lessons From '64 this week’s edition of Need to Know, we’re devoting our program to the 50th anniversary of the Rochester Riots.

We talk with national author and Rochester native Bruce Jacobs to discuss race relations locally and nationally since the riots.

And members of the WXXI News Team will gather for a Reporters’ Roundtable. They’ll share their findings after examining the current climate on some of the issues that sparked the riots of ’64.

Watch Need to Know this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.