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.
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.
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.
Article from the Star-Ledger on June 13, 1968 covering a political convention to be held by the United Brothers for the purpose of nominating candidates to run for City Council positions.
Editorial from an unmarked newsclipping carrying a statement released by the newly-formed Citizens Police Advisory Committee. The Committee, formed in response to Mayor Addonizio’s rejection of a police advisory board, was proposed as an unofficial and independent organization to hear complaints of police misconduct.The statement makes reference to a petition organized by George Richardson which collected 18,000 signatures requesting the formation of an official police advisory board. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Article by Doug Eldridge of the Newark Evening News covering Mayor Addonizio’s public announcement rejecting a propsed “police advisory board.” A review board ‘would serve no useful purpose and could conceivably be a detriment to efficient law enforcement,’ Mayor Addonizio said in his statement. Following an influx of allegations of police misconduct and brutality in early 1963, African American community leaders advocated for the establishment of a “review board” or “advisory board” to investigate allegations of police misconduct. The struggle over a police advisory board continued through the 1960s and was a polarizing topic along racial lines in Newark. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Letter to the Editor of the Newark Evening News on March 27, 1963 from Bernard Moore regarding the controversy over a proposed police advisory board. Following an influx of allegations of police misconduct and brutality in early 1963, African American community leaders advocated for the establishment of a “review board” or “advisory board” to investigate allegations of police misconduct. The struggle over a police advisory board continued through the 1960s and was a polarizing topic along racial lines in Newark. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Preliminary Analysis of Statements Concerning Law Enforcement During Newark Riots by Newark Legal Services Project
Statement prepared by Newark Legal Services Project for the Newark Human Rights Commission regarding the first 225 statements given to NLSP about law enforcement actions during the 1967 Newark rebellion. The actions of law enforcement officers are summarized in four categories: “personal indignities inflicted upon Negroes,” “physical violence inflicted upon Negroes,” “indiscriminate shooting,” and “deliberate destruction of Negro property.” — Credit: Newark Public Library