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.
In this draft proposal for the 1969 Black and Puerto Rican Convention, the planning committee describes the purpose of the Convention and explains the need for Black and Puerto Rican political power in the city. The Convention was organized by an array of inviduals and organizations in Newark 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.