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40th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque:
On July 23, 2008, Mayor Cory A. Booker was joined by Dr. Clement Price and a host of dignitaries, community leaders, and residents at a ceremony to unveil a special plaque in commemoration of the lives lost during a violent period of civil unrest in the City of Newark during the summer of 1967. Speaking at the Fourth District Police Precinct at 10 17th Avenue – the site where the outbreak of violence began 41 years ago – Mayor Booker stood with Dr. Price to unveil the commemorative plaque, dedicating it to those whose lives were tragically lost, and vowing never to forget the tragedy and violence that threatened to devastate the City of Newark and its residents. The disturbances of 1967, which lasted 5 days, claimed the lives of 26 people, injured over 700 residents, and left over 160 stores throughout the city destroyed.
A Conversation in Commemoration of Newark’s 1967 Summer of Discontent:
On July 12, 2007 – exactly 40 years after the start of civil unrest in Newark in 1967 – the Institute sponsored a public conversation between former Governor Brendan Byrne and Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow that explored Governor Byrne’s memory of the 1967 disorders, when he was Essex County Prosecutor. The hour-long conversation took place in the Trustees Room of the Ballantine House, Newark Museum. It was attended by a standing-room-only crowd of invited guests, dignitaries, and concerned citizens, and was videotaped professionally for later broadcast on NJN public television.
The Once and Future Newark:
This new documentary film debuted in October, 2006. Produced by Rutgers University in Newark, the film features a number of city sites, as a tour group is hosted by Institute director, Clement Price. Part travelogue, part documentary and part history lesson, the film engages viewers’ interest for personal exploration and discovery of Newark’s fascinating interface of cultures, races, ethnicities, and religions. In May 2007, The Once and Future Newark was honored as Video of the Year by the Garden State Journalists Association.
Conklin Hall Takeover Remembrance:
On February 24, 1969, the Black Organization of Students at Rutgers–Newark occupied Conklin Hall for 72 hours to protest the scarcity of black students, black faculty, and programs for economically disadvantaged students. Thirty-five years later, in February 2004, with the campus now known for its diversity, the university commemorated the takeover with reminiscences from those involved in the takeover and a new endowment for the Educational Opportunity Fund. The event included speeches by Rutgers President McCormick, Rutgers-Newark Provost Steven Diner and former student leaders and administrators who participated in the event. The ceremonies concluded with the dedication of a new plaque marking the event, which now hangs in the entry way of Conklin Hall.