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March to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of 1967 Newark Rebellion
Community march through downtown will memorialize causes, effects and casualties of the historic event
Archival project The North, The People’s Organization for Progress, and community leaders will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion with a march from the Newark Rebellion Monument (at the crossroads of Springfield Ave., 15th Ave. and Irvine Turner Blvd.). The public is invited to join and reflect on the five days of unrest, which was sparked by the arrest and beating of cab driver, John Smith and resulted in 26 deaths, an armed U.S. military response and more than $10 million in property damage.
Media and participants will gather at the Rebellion monument, march to the Newark Police Department 1st Precinct (10 17th Ave.), and return to the monument. Speaker addresses are scheduled at all three points.
WHO: Councilwoman Mildred Crump, president, City of Newark Municipal Council
Kimberly Spellman, daughter, activist Eloise Spellman
Junius Williams, producer, The North
Lawrence Hamm, chairman, People’s Organization for Progress
WHAT: Public march to commemorate 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion
WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WHERE: Newark Rebellion Monument
250 Springfield Ave.
(between Hayes St. & Irvine Turner Blvd.)
Newark, NJ 07103
Media Note: Nearby street parking available.
This march is one of several anniversary events throughout the week of July 9, 2017, including:
- July 11 – Interfaith Inaugural Prayer and Memorial Service
with Mayor Ras J. Baraka (Abyssinian Baptist Church, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
- July 13 – Summer of ‘67 public forum with WBGO Radio’s Newark Today (Hahne’s Building room 213, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.)
- July 14 – An Intergenerational Conversation about the Rebellion
(New Jersey Historical Society, 6:30 p.m.)
- July 15 – A Forum with Living Legacies of the Rebellion
(Newark Public Library, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)