Issue of the African-American newspaper, Advance, from January 6, 1966. The issue contains coverage of demands made by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) for the dismissal of Police Director Dominick Spina. CORE demanded Spina’s ouster in a meeting with Mayor Addonizio after a Black teenager, Walter Mathis, was fatally shot by Newark police. This issue also details several high-profile cases of police brutality from 1962-1966, a period in which Newark’s Black and Puerto Rican communities continuously advocated for police reform and accountability to no avail from City Hall. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Report submitted by Newark Police Captain Charles Kinney, regarding his “Investigation Into Possible Criminal Conspiracy During Riots of July 1967.” Wright was one of several figures under surveillance from the Newark Police Department before and after the 1967 Newark Rebellion. The report relied mostly on word-of-mouth accounts from informants, with little hard evidence to support its allegations. — Credit: Seton Hall University Libraries
“Robert Curvin speaks at a CORE rally at the corner of Spruce and Belmont in Newark.” -Credit: Wally Akerberg/The Star-Ledger
“Robert Curvin, Northeast regional vice president of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) speaks at a rally in Military Park, Newark, urging the creation of a Civilian Police Review Board in Newark. The demonstration was held because of the shooting death on June 12, of a black motorist by a white police officer.” -Credit: Wally Akerberg/The Star-Ledger
Fred Means addresses a rally held by the Newark branch of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to protest the killing of Lester Long by Newark policeman Henry Martinez in 1965. The shooting of Lester Long was one of the most well-known and contentious cases of alleged police brutality in Newark during the 1960s and reinvigorated community demands for a police review board. -Credit: Jim Lowney, Doug Eldrige Collection
Welcome Letter distributed to all delegates and guests of the 1969 Black and Puerto Rican Convention. The Convention was held from November 14-16, 1969 to formally select the “Community’s Choice” for Mayor and City Council in the 1970 election.
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.