Chapter 4: The Gibson Years

Graft and Corruption

Graft and Corruption

Job Training and Black Employment

Job Training and Black Employment

Black Business Development

Black Business Development

NCTTC

NCTTC

Amiri Baraka and Cultural Nationalism

Amiri Baraka and Cultural Nationalism

The Transformation of the Black Freedom Movement

The Transformation of the Black Freedom Movement

The Stella Wright Rent Strike

The Stella Wright Rent Strike

Puerto Rican Political Movements

Puerto Rican Political Movements

Education and the Teachers Strikes

Education and the Teachers Strikes

Struggles for Police Reform

Struggles for Police Reform

Evaluating Ken Gibson

Evaluating Ken Gibson's Legacy

From the Archive

Newark residents, politicians, journalists, and civil rights activists reflect upon the campaign to elect Kenneth A. Gibson as Mayor of Newark in 1970. A Black engineer with ties to business and civil rights circles, Gibson was elected in 1970 as the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city. It was the beginning of a new day in Newark for African Americans, as a new plateau of Black Power had been reached.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 3