A Mayor for All the People: Kenneth Gibson’s Newark
February 25 @ 7:30 pm
with authors Robert C. Holmes and Richard Roper
Tuesday, February 25 — 7:30 pm
In 1970, Kenneth Gibson was elected as Newark, New Jersey’s first African-American mayor. Yet even as Gibson served as a trailblazer for black politicians, he presided over a troubled time in the city’s history, as Newark’s industries declined and its crime and unemployment rates soared. This book offers a balanced assessment of Gibson’s leadership and his legacy, from the perspectives of the people most deeply immersed in the politics of the time.