Roster of individuals involved in the struggle over the construction of Kawaida Towers, compiled by Amiri Baraka’s Temple of Kawaida. The roster includes an array of actors, including lawyers, builders, politicians, and journalists. — Credit: The Black Power Movement, Pt. 1 (microfilm)
Volume 2, Number 1 of Black NewArk, the local newspaper of the Committee For Unified Newark (CFUN), published in January 1973. Black NewArk was one of several media outlets developed by Amiri Baraka to promote Black cultural nationalism in Newark and the nation. — Credit: NYU Tamiment Library
Attendance lists and member rosters from meetings of the planning committee for the Black and Puerto Rican Convention. The wide array of individuals and organizations that participated in the Convention’s planning can be seen by scrolling through these lists. The Convention was organized to formally select the “Community’s Choice” for Mayor and City Council in the 1970 election.
Program from the 1970 inauguration of Newark’s Mayor and Municipal Council. Ken Gibson was inaugurated on July 1, 1970, becoming the first Black mayor of a major northeastern city after defeating incumbent Mayor Hugh Addonizio in the election. Also elected to the City Council were Earl Harris, Sharpe James, and Dennis Westbrooks– all nominees of the Black and Puerto Rican Convention.
Campaign flyer for the 1970 Mayoral and City Council elections in Newark. “The Community’s Choice,” seen on the flyer, was nominated during the 1969 Black and Puerto Rican Convention.
Leaflet from the Black and Puerto Rican Political Convention (1969) promoting the candidacy of Sharpe James for Councilman of the South Ward. Leadership experience gained through the UCC had significant impacts on the development of political leadership in Newark’s Black and Puerto Rican communities. Many UCC members, including Sharpe James, Jesse Allen, Donald Tucker, and Earl Harris went on to be elected to political office in Newark. — Credit: Junius Williams Papers