The 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion
#RealTalk: Who will tell our story?
If people don’t tell their own stories about the Black Freedom Struggle, their own adventures, and interpretations of “the truth” as they saw it, what will happen to their individual and collective voices? A need to record these voices and educate our next generation birthed The North: Civil Rights and Beyond in Urban America. Our interactive archive preserves the stories of the “foot soldiers” in the Civil Rights Movement and other struggles for equality and empowerment in the urban North.
“The North” identifies and highlights organizations and individuals who were instrumental in advancing the cause of black empowerment in each city studied; and the opposition they faced in critical steps along the way.
Press Play: Hear Their Voices
Visualize the Journey
Our mission is to develop a powerful multimedia interactive website to teach the lessons of African American struggles for empowerment in the nation’s major urban centers in the North, focusing on the era of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. “The North: Civil Rights and Beyond in Urban America” is a new educational tool for all people, but primarily for students and teachers in grade school through college, to promote research and to preserve the record of those people who were “foot soldiers” in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and other Movements in the northern United States. It is a means by which to teach social justice issues through history of the African American struggle for power, and keep these stories alive for generations to come.
This project is a living, growing archive developed with resources shared by people like you.
We look forward to hearing your stories, feedback and opportunities!
But then one day we looked around and realized that many of our friends (and enemies) who made that journey, or similar journeys, were no longer with us….to laugh with, relive old conquests, or just tell lies. Too many have moved to places unknown, gotten sick, or passed on to the next life.
So many of our collective stories go untold.
These stories must be told.
– Junius Williams, Civil Rights Leader –