From Rebellion to Review Board:
Fighting for Police Accountability in Newark
In 2016, Newark’s city council created its first civilian complaint review board with oversight over the police. This act was the culmination of more than 50 years of work by community members and organizations in the city who repeatedly demanded a review board in the face of police misconduct.
From Rebellion to Review Board tells the story of African American, Puerto Rican, and LGBTQ activists’ struggles against police misconduct and political disenfranchisement to claim power in Newark. Why did it take so long? How did differences within and between these communities help and hurt these efforts? What can we learn from this history to make a more just and equitable Newark today?
A companion exhibit, Acción Latina: Protesta y Transformación Socio-cultural en Nueva Jersey, examines the forgotten Latino riots that took place in four New Jersey towns in the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibit will be in Spanish.
Join us at the opening reception to see the exhibits, meet the graduate and undergraduate students who created them, and learn more about this important history.
This opening reception is free and open to the public. To register, please go here.
Both exhibits will be on display from December 15, 2016 – February 28, 2017 on the first floor, in the corridor between La Sala Hispanoamericana and the James Brown African American Reading Room.
Mary Rizzo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 973-353-1166
Support provided by
American Studies Program at Rutgers University-Newark
Cultural Programming Grant, Rutgers University-Newark
The Newark Public Library