The Summit Free Public Library, in partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, will host a screening and discussion of "Revolution '67", on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:30 PM. Revolution '67 recreates the six days in July 1967, when Newark, New Jersey experienced one of the deadliest racial disturbances in recent U.S. history. Following the screening, an open discussion will be hosted by MaryLou and Jerome Bongiorno, the film's directors, and Dr. Leslie Wilson, Professor of History at Montclair State University.
"Revolution '67", which has been broadcast on PBS's award-winning series P.O.V. and has won several prestigious awards for documentary filmmaking, reconstructs the events that sparked the rebellion—the beating and arrest of a black taxi driver for a traffic violation—which caused members of Newark's black community to rise up in protest against years of heavy-handed treatment by the police. Archival footage and interviews with participants recreate what happened during those tumultuous times, while commentary by prominent historians place it in the context of 20th century urban development and African-American history.
The program will be held in the Ernest S. Hickok Meeting Room at the Library. It is free and open to all. Seating is limited. First come, first seated. Doors open 15 minutes before the beginning of the program.
The Library is located at 75 Maple Street, Summit, New Jersey and is open Monday to Wednesday, 9:00am to 9:00pm; Thursday to Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. For more information, go to www.summitlibrary.org