Fred Means addresses a rally held by the Newark branch of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to protest the killing of Lester Long by Newark policeman Henry Martinez in 1965. The shooting of Lester Long was one of the most well-known and contentious cases of alleged police brutality in Newark during the 1960s and reinvigorated community demands for a police review board. -Credit: Jim Lowney, Doug Eldrige Collection
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Med School Flyer- We Ain’t Gonna Move, Medical School for rich whites or Decent Homes for Black People-
Flyer distributed in the Central Ward to encourage community members to encourage community unity to protest the seizure of land for the construction of a medical school. — Credit:
Fundraising letter from Ulysses Blakeley to solicit funds and participation for the National Conference on Black Power, to be held in Newark from July 20-23, 1967. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Letter of invitation from Dr. Nathan Wright to serve as a member of the National Planning Committee for the National Conference on Black Power, to be held in Newark from July 20-23, 1967. — Credit: Newark Public Library
A view inside a press conference held at Amiri Baraka’s Spirit House in Newark during the National Conference on Black Power in July, 1967. Seen seated in the photo from L-R are: the mother of James Rutledge (shot 39 times during the rebellion), Ron Karenga (US Organization), Amiri Baraka (United Brothers and CFUN), H. Rap Brown (SNCC), and Floyd McKissick (CORE). Newark Community Union Project (NCUP) and SNCC member Phil Hutchings can also be seen standing behind Brown and McKissick. — Credit: Amiri Baraka Papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library
Letter received by Newark Police Director Dominick Spina, congratulating him on his “firm stand” against civil rights organizations in Newark. The author of the letter states that African Americans had “developed a complex of superiority…and they will stop at nothing to achieve their ridiculous demands.”
Attendance lists and member rosters from meetings of the planning committee for the Black and Puerto Rican Convention. The wide array of individuals and organizations that participated in the Convention’s planning can be seen by scrolling through these lists. The Convention was organized to formally select the “Community’s Choice” for Mayor and City Council in the 1970 election.
Invitation to Attend a Meeting of the Planning Committee for the Black and Puerto Rican Political Convention (July 7, 1969)
Letter from John Bugg, James Pawley, and Robert Curvin, on behalf of the planning committee for the Black and Puerto Rican Convention. The Convention’s planning committee sought participation in the planning process from a variety of individuals and organizations in Newark. The Convention was organized to formally select the “Community’s Choice” for Mayor and City Council in the 1970 election.
Article from the Star-Ledger on June 25, 1968 covering the nomination of Theodore Pinckney and Donald Tucker for City Council positions during a political convention held by the United Brothers. The article contains brief biographies of both Pinckney and Tucker.