Primary Source Set: African Americans in Newark 1970-2020 - Newark Public Library

Primary Source Set: African Americans in Newark 1970-2020

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Primary Source Set: African Americans in Newark 1970-2020

This guide links to a small number of items from our collections to get you started on research. To see many more items view the digital collection. You can also e-mail us or view our website for more information on non-digitized collections. Content note: some of the primary sources quoted include offensive racist language.

Overview: Since 1970, Newark’s African American community has continued to be an important presence . The Gibson administration attempted to address discrimination and other issues in Newark (Documents A and C). Gibson was followed by three more Black Mayors: Sharpe James, Cory Booker and Ras Baraka (Documents C, G and H). Newark also had it’s first Black female official Mildred Crump (Document E). Meanwhile various Black community groups and festivals continue to grow and flourish (Documents B and F). The COVID pandemic challenged the community in new ways (Document I).

Don't let this happen to you!

A. Don’t Let This Happen to You, c. 1972

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Black Film Festival Newark

B. Black Film Festival, 1977

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Blacks In New Jersey

C. Blacks in New Jersey, 1980

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Sharpe James for Mayor '86

C. Sharpe James for Mayor, 1986

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Mildred Crump: She Will Make a difference in City Government.

E. Mildred Crump Flier, undated

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African American Men in Theatre

F. African American Men in Theater, 1999

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Newark Can't Wait

G. Newark Can’t Wait, 2002

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Black Mirror News

H. Black Mirror News, Election Issue, 2006

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I. COVID Pandemic Photos, Donnell Woodson, 2020
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