50th Anniversary March

Media Contacts:       Cheryl McCants, cmccants@eimpactconsulting.com, 646-872-2377

Jazelle Hunt, jhunt@eimpactconsulting.com, 202-642-2452



March to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of 1967 Newark Rebellion
Community march through downtown will memorialize causes, effects and casualties of the historic event

Archival project The North, The People’s Organization for Progress, and community leaders will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion with a march from the Newark Rebellion Monument (at the crossroads of Springfield Ave., 15th Ave. and Irvine Turner Blvd.). The public is invited to join and reflect on the five days of unrest, which was sparked by the arrest and beating of cab driver, John Smith and resulted in 26 deaths, an armed U.S. military response and more than $10 million in property damage.

Media and participants will gather at the Rebellion monument, march to the Newark Police Department 1st Precinct (10 17th Ave.), and return to the monument. Speaker addresses are scheduled at all three points.

WHO:      Councilwoman Mildred Crump, president, City of Newark Municipal Council
                Kimberly Spellman, daughter, activist Eloise Spellman
                Junius Williams, producer, The North
                Lawrence Hamm, chairman, People’s Organization for Progress

WHAT:     Public march to commemorate 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion

WHEN:     Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Newark Rebellion Monument
250 Springfield Ave.
(between Hayes St. & Irvine Turner Blvd.)
Newark, NJ 07103

Media Note: Nearby street parking available.


This march is one of several anniversary events throughout the week of July 9, 2017, including:

  • July 11 – Interfaith Inaugural Prayer and Memorial Service
    with Mayor Ras J. Baraka (Abyssinian Baptist Church, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • July 13 – Summer of ‘67 public forum with WBGO Radio’s Newark Today (Hahne’s Building room 213, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.)
  • July 14 – An Intergenerational Conversation about the Rebellion
    (New Jersey Historical Society, 6:30 p.m.)
  • July 15 – A Forum with Living Legacies of the Rebellion
    (Newark Public Library, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)


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