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Protest to Power: The Making of Newark’s First Black Mayor Ken Gibson – A Virtual Teach-In featuring Rev. Jesse Jackson Tues. June 16th, 7 pm
June 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
What Made 73% of Newark Registered Voters turn out in 1970 to Elect the 1st Black Mayor ? How do we attract youth in the quest for power through the vote as well as through protest?
On June 16, 2020, RiseUpNewark.com, the City of Newark, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center will examine this question through “The Gibson Virtual Teach-In,” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mayor Kenneth Gibson’s election. In this teach-in, we will look at the issues, the confrontations, the players, and the coalitions that propelled Ken Gibson into city hall. The conversation will be among veterans of the 1960-70s who helped make Mayor Gibson possible; and younger advocates, not yet born in 1970 when he was elected the first time, but who have their own ideas about Black Power.
We’ll be joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, President and CEO of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a timeless advocate for the importance of the right to vote.