James Brown, a “Gibson Girl,” and Ken Gibson

Ken Gibson (right), chats with legendary musician James Brown (left), and one of the "Gibson Girls" during his 1970 Mayoral campaign in Newark. The potential to elect the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city drew national attention to Newark and Amiri Baraka used his connections to bring celebrity supporters to the city for Gibson's campaign.

Ken Gibson (right), chats with legendary musician James Brown (left), and one of the “Gibson Girls” during his 1970 Mayoral campaign in Newark. The potential to elect the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city drew national attention to Newark and Amiri Baraka used his connections to bring celebrity supporters to the city for Gibson’s campaign.