Newark Rebellion 1967 Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Newark Mayor Ken Gibson

Police Power and the Election of Newark’s First Black Mayor

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By Andrew Grim, AAIHS — Fifty years ago, Newark, New Jersey, elected its first Black mayor—Kenneth Gibson—at a moment when there was an urgency to address police violence. Three years earlier, the 1967 Newark Rebellion, which began in response to the police beating of a Black cab driver, resulted in dozens of deaths—including two children—at the hands of police and the National Guard. Police violence was nothing new for Black Newarkers….

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