Newark Museum of Art to commemorate 53rd anniversary of Newark Uprising

Posted Jul 10, 2020

Sunday will mark the 53rd anniversary of the Newark Uprising.

To commemorate the day, the Newark Museum of Art will offer a series of programs as a part of its virtual Community Day: Say It Loud - A reflection on the ’67 Newark Uprising, Then and Now.

The Newark Uprising featured a series of riots and unrest over a five-day stretch in 1967, when racial tensions in the area were at an all-time high, “triggered by undressed poverty and decades of oppression,” according to the press release.

All of the programs and activities will be streamed via Facebook Live through the Newark Museum of Art’s page.

Starting at noon, there will be reading from “The Old Turtle and the Broken Truth.” Following the reading, there will be a discussion with child therapist Moya Mathison.

Next at 2 p.m. will be a conversation with author Arruna D’Souza about racism and protest in art. D’Souza won the 2018 New York Times award for Best Art Book with “Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts”.

At 3 p.m., poet Alex Green will lead a reflection on social justice and the hope for change. Shortly after, GIMMEDAT will perform with sounds of inspiration and support.

Finally, Mayor Was Baraka and Linda C. Harrison, the director and CEO of the museum, will lead a discussion about Newark’s transformation of the years and how “social justice and the arts are propelling New Jersey’s largest city,” according to the release.

The Newark Museum of Art was founded in 1909 and is the largest art and education institution in New Jersey and has been an anchor of the Newark community since its inception.

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