First Annual Report of the Newark Relocation Review Board from 1972. The Relocation Review Board was formed as a result of the 1968 Medical School Agreements as an ombudsman and watchdog agency to prevent relocation abuses from urban renewal developments. — Credit: Barbara Kukla Papers, Newark Public Library
In this essay, Stanley Winters, a veteran organizer in the Clinton Hill neighborhood, describes the interrelated nature of urban renewal politics and struggles for civil rights. Because the vast majority of urban renewal policy makers were white, Black and Puerto Rican communities had little representation in projects that they were disproportionately impacted by. Winters also argues that urban renewal projects were being utilized for the benefit of business interests, rather than community interests.