Conference paper prepared by Bessie Smith regarding “maximum feasible participation” of the poor in War on Poverty efforts in Newark. In the paper, Mrs. Smith describes the struggles for community control of the United Community Corporation, Newark’s Community Action Agency for War on Poverty funding. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Flyer encouraging Newark community members to vote in the Model Cities Neighborhood Council election on April 22, 1968. Model Cities was a federally funded grant program to cities with a mandate to plan integrated designs for the “Model Neighborhood.” –Credit: Junius Williams Collection
William Mercer, What Business Can Do for the Black Community (National Conference on Black Power)-ilovepdf-compressed
A speech written by William A. Mercer, Coordinator of the Business and Industrial Coordinating Council (BICC), that he presented at the National Conference on Black Power in Newark. The Black Power Conference began just days after the 1967 Newark Rebellion had come to a close and brought a wide array of national Civil Rights and Black Power leaders to Newark. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Profile of Kenneth A. Gibson distributed at the Black and Puerto Rican Convention to promote his candidacy for mayor in the 1970 election. The Convention was held in Newark from November 14-16, 1969 to formally select the “Community’s Choice” for Mayor and City Council in the 1970 election.
Meeting Minutes of the Planning Committee for the Black and Puerto Rican Political Convention (June 27, 1969)
Minutes of a meeting held by the planning committee for the Black and Puerto Rican Convention on June 27, 1969. The 1969 Black and Puerto Rican Convention was organized to formally select the “Community’s Choice” for Mayor and City Council in the 1970 election.
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.
Flyer for an event hosted by the United Brothers on April 26, 1968, featuring international Black Power advocate Stokely Carmichael, Charles Kenyatta, Kenneth Gibson, and John Henrik Clarke.
Flyer for the “Community Slate” for the United Community Corporation (UCC) Board of Trustees election. The flyer provides a brief biography of each of the candidates, along with instructions for voting for the slate. In addition to gaining community representation in the UCC, the act of voting for leadership positions in the antipoverty agency was an important aspect of preparing Newark’s Black and Puerto Rican communities for participation in electoral politics in the city. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Article from the Advance newspaper in 1966 covering a recommendation from the Business and Industrial Coordinating Council (BICC) and Essex County Grand Jurors Association to expand the Essex County Vocational School system to meet the demands for education and job training in skilled employment. The BICC was established in the wake of the contentious protests at the Barringer High School construction sites in July 1963. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Letter to the Editor of the New Jersey Afro-American newspaper commemorating the first anniversary of the Business and Industrial Coordinating Council’s founding. The letter, from the BICC, highlights some of the accomplishments of the organization during its first year. — Credit: New Jersey Afro-American, Newark Public Library