Press release from organizers of the National Conference on Black Power providing a summary and analysis of the four day conference in Newark. The Black Power Conference began just days after the 1967 Newark Rebellion had come to a close and brought a wide array of national Civil Rights and Black Power leaders to Newark. — Credit: Newark Public Library
Letter of invitation from Dr. Nathan Wright to serve as a member of the National Planning Committee for the National Conference on Black Power, to be held in Newark from July 20-23, 1967. — Credit: Newark Public Library
A view inside a press conference held at Amiri Baraka’s Spirit House in Newark during the National Conference on Black Power in July, 1967. Seen seated in the photo from L-R are: the mother of James Rutledge (shot 39 times during the rebellion), Ron Karenga (US Organization), Amiri Baraka (United Brothers and CFUN), H. Rap Brown (SNCC), and Floyd McKissick (CORE). Newark Community Union Project (NCUP) and SNCC member Phil Hutchings can also be seen standing behind Brown and McKissick. — Credit: Amiri Baraka Papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library
A bandaged Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) holds a press conference inside the Spirit House in Newark during the National Conference on Black Power. Baraka was wounded after being arrested on gun charges and beaten by Newark Police during the 1967 rebellion. To the left of Baraka are cultural nationalist leader Ron Karenga (US Organization) and the mother of James Rutledge (veiled), who was shot 39 times by State Police during the rebellion.
In this unpublished essay written in 2013, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) describes the histories of The Spirit House at 33 Stirling Street in Newark. Baraka explains the context of The Spirit House’s founding, along with its political, cultural, and historic significance for Newark and the Black Arts Movement. This essay was generously given to “The North” by Amina Baraka.
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.
Telegram sent by Ron Karenga, of the nationalist US Organization in Los Angeles, to LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) on July 15, 1967. The telegram reads: “Keep on pushin if you need anything call us see you next week. ‘Take it slow we’ve got a long time a long way to go but we have each other and the world.’ Blackly, Maulana Ron Karenga and All of US”