Newsletter of the Emergency Committee to Stop Route 75, a Newark Area Planning Association (NAPA) initiative, to spread information about the proposed highway and the efforts to stop its construction. Route 75, an eight lane highway planned to run North to South, would have cut the Central Ward in half and displaced thousands of Black and Puerto Rican residents.
A page from the scrapbook of Newark Area Planning Association (NAPA) head, Junius Williams, containing newspaper clippings on a planned rally to protest the construction of Route 75 in December, 1969. Williams is pictured in the photograph inside the NAPA office on South Orange Avenue with a “Stop Route 75” bumper sticker on the window.
Flyer for a rally to be held on December 15, 1968 to protest the construction of the proposed Route 75 highway. Speakers at the event included LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Thurmond Smith, Junius Williams, Rev. B.F. Johnson, Rev. Levin West and Balozi Zayd. Route 75, an eight lane highway planned to run North to South, would have cut the Central Ward in half and displaced thousands of Black and Puerto Rican residents.
Statement prepared by Junius Williams, head of the Newark Area Planning Association (NAPA), explaining the political implications of the planned Route 75 construction on the 1970 mayoral election. Route 75, an eight lane highway planned to run North to South, would have cut the Central Ward in half and displaced thousands of Black and Puerto Rican residents, thereby eliminating them from the voting rolls of the Central Ward.
Official platform of the Black and Puerto Rican Convention, ratified on November 15, 1969, the second day of the Convention. The platform, developed through the Convention’s workshops, put forth a progressive political agenda for Newark’s 1970 Mayoral and City Council elections that all candidates nominated at the Convention agreed to be bound by.
Campaign letter distributed by Mayor Addonizio, informing his supporters that the election is “our last chance to keep Newark free for all people.” Addonizio was defeated by Ken Gibson in the runoff election, making Gibson the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city.
Brochure distributed by the Gibson Civic Association to promote Ken Gibson’s 1970 Mayoral campaign in Newark. Gibson became the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city after defeating incumbent Mayor Hugh Addonizio in the election.
Photo of Junius Williams, member of the United Brothers, standing in front of NAPA headquarters. On the window behind him is a poster for the United Brothers that reads “Black Unity! Self-Government is Possible in 1970. Let’s Do It Together!”
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.
Newark Organizers Training Institute Letter- Invite to Newark Movement Conference at Echo Lake Park, Jun 18, 1967-ilovepdf-compressed
Invitation from the Newark Organizers Training Institute on June 7, 1967 to attend an all-day meeting to plan “Summer Programs for the Newark Movement.” Phil Hutchings, Bob Curvin, Tom Hayden, Junius Williams, Terry Jefferson, Jesse Allen, Joe Whitley, and Willie Wright were the principle organizers of the event. –Credit: Junius Williams Collection