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.
Undated photograph of Newark Mayor Ken Gibson in the Mayor’s office. Gibson was elected in 1970 as the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city.
Photo of Amiri Baraka in the foreground, with Ken Gibson just behind him. Baraka and Gibson were both members of the United Brothers, a coalition of Black leaders in Newark organized to develop a “Black United Front” to take power in the mayoral election of 1970. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Survey prepared by A.L. Oliver, Assistant Community Action Coordinator, on the proposed site of the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ). In his survey, Mr. Oliver provides population demographics, housing statistics and conditions, and reasons for community opposition to the proposed medical school.
UCC Statement in Response to the Report of the Newark Municipal Council Committee to Study the Anti-Poverty Program (Dec. 23, 1965)-ilovepdf-compressed
Summary of the 78-page report issued by the United Community Corporation (UCC) in response to the 1965 report of the City Council Committee to Study the Anti-Poverty Program for the City of Newark, NJ. The document summarizes the charges made against the UCC by the Council Committee and provides a detailed rebuttal to each charge. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Minority Report of Councilman Irvine Turner, Member of the Council Committee to Study the Anti-Poverty Program for the City of Newark, NJ- Dec 1965-ilovepdf-compressed
Minority report of Councilman Irvine Turner on the City Council Committee’s investigation of the United Community Corporation (UCC) in 1965. Turner disassociated himself from the Committee’s report on the ground that he disagreed with many of the assumptions and recommendations of the report. In his report, Turner refutes the claim that ‘the UCC has taken many of the aspects of a political-action pressure group,” citing the policy of the Board of Trustees that required any member of the UCC running for political office to take a leave of absence during the candidacy. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Address given by Mayor Addonizio to the Board of Directors of the United Community Corporation (UCC) in which he offers his views on what roles the organization should play in Newark. In the address, Addonizio urges the Board to “keep the UCC out of politics.” City officials in Newark feared that the antipoverty program would become a parallel government and undermine their political power in the city. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Draft of former mayor Leo Carlin’s opening statement for his 1966 mayoral campaign against the incumbent, Hugh Addonizio, and political newcomer, Ken Gibson. Carlin attempted to run again in 1966 after being defeated by Addonizio in the 1962 election. — Credit: Newark Public Library