NEWARK, NJ — A lineup of notables including Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, City Historian Junius Williams, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rutgers Law School Professor Elise Boddie will participate in a virtual “Teach In” Tuesday evening in honor of the 50th anniversary of the election of Ken Gibson, Newark’s first black mayor. 

“Protest to Power: Lessons From Newark; The Making of Newark's First Black Mayor, Ken Gibson,” presented by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the City of Newark, will explore race, grassroots mobilization and authority in the context of the Gibson’s 1970 election to answer today’s most pressing questions. 

Gibson, who led Newark from 1970 to 1986, entered office shortly after the 1967 Newark uprisings. He was the first African American mayor elected to a major city in the Northeast and is credited with inspiring a generation of blacks to get involved in public service. His tenure yielded what would become WBGO, Newark’s Housing Redevelopment Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Development. 

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The two-hour panel discussion will include a panel of veterans involved in Gibson’s election, Fred Means, Miguel Rodriguez, and Vicky Donaldson, as well as a youth panel composed of Zellie Thomas, Beatrice Adams, and A’Dorian Murray-Thomas. 

Follow this link to register for the event.