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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Tribute to Mayor Gibson: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka

By David Wildstein, March 29 2019 11:15 pm

“Today the city stands still as we mourn the passing of one of our trailblazers. Ken Gibson became the first African American Mayor of a major city on the eastern seaboard. He led in a tumultuous and difficult time as the city tried to recover from the Newark Rebellion. He was helpful to me as I became Mayor of our city and helped me with the transition. He will be remembered in his effort to live up to his words, “Wherever the country is going, Newark will get there first.” He set the stage for every African American elected official in this state. We stand on his accomplishment and grow from his challenges. We wish his family well. On behalf of the residents of this city, we say thank you Mayor Gibson for your years of sacrifice and service.”

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