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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.