Documentary Examines Newark Riots

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CRANFORD—The Cranford Public Library, in partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, will host a screening and discussion of Revolution ’67 on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

Revolution ’67 recreates the six days in July 1967 when Newark experienced one of the deadliest racial disturbances per capita in recent U.S. history.  The screening and discussion will be hosted by MaryLou and Jerome Bongiorno, the directors of Revolution ’67, and by Dr. Mark Krasovic of the American Studies Department at Rutgers, Newark.

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Revolution ’67 was featured on PBS’s award-winning series, P.O.V., and has won several prestigious awards for documentary filmmaking.  The film reconstructs the events that sparked the disturbances—the beating and arrest of a black taxi driver for a traffic violation—that 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 places it in the context of 20th century urban development and African-American history.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.  The screening is part of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ justice-themed programming.  A number of libraries throughout the state will host screenings of Revolution ’67 or A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School as spurs to community discussion of issues of race and justice in New Jersey history.  For more information, see www.njch.org/justice.html.


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