We remember the 46th Anniversary of the Newark Rebellion and its victims.
July 12th, 2013
Location: The Monument (Intersection of Springfield Ave, 15th Ave and Irvine Turner Blvd, Newark, NJ
It will feature presentations by area activists, surviving family members of the Rebellion’s casualties and witnesses.
On July 12, 1967, Newark erupted in a rebellion against the scourge of police brutality and oppressive racially-biased living conditions. Tragically, the rebellion prompted a massive police riot and a brutal armed crackdown marked by the National Guard and other police forces occupying the city for several days. It would lead to 26 people, overwhelmingly unarmed Black civilians, getting killed in that dramatic upheaval.
The Rebellion marked the beginning of the end of ‘Municipal Segregation’ in New Jersey’s largest city, and it spawned similar rebellions in at least 75 other cities throughout the country, the majority of them taking place throughout the state. It marked the beginning of the ‘Black Power’ explosion that would lead to African-Americans electing mayors and Black city council majorities in cities with majority African-American populations.
“We will never forget what happened here in this city at that historical moment, nor will we forget what all that set in motion,” said a somber Lawrence Hamm, the founding chairman for People’s Organization for Progress.
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