Power and Protest in New Jersey -- 50  Years After  Rebellion in Camden: Recovering Histories, Exploring Memory

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On April 21,  the History, Law and Social Justice Initiative will host Power and Protest in New Jersey -- 50  Years After  Rebellion in Camden: Recovering Histories, Exploring Memory. The event was created by Rutgers University history undergraduates in the History Workshop and two public history courses working under the drection of Professors Kristin O’Brassil-Kulfan and Jennifer Mittelstadt in collaboration with academy award-winning filmmaker Anthony Giacchino.  It is open to the public and will take place between 9am and 5pm at the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room on the campus of Rutgers–Camden.

Panel One (9:00-10:30AM)
The Camden 28 and Catholic Left Protest Against the Vietnam War
Michelle Nickerson (Loyola, Rutgers BA, 1996), Sean Peters (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Anthony Giacchino (filmmaker
of “Camden 28”), Thea Johnson (Rutgers Law), Student Researchers

Panel Two (11:00-12:30PM)
The Anti-Policing Uprising 
Kendra Boyd (Rutgers Camden), Michelle Nickerson (Loyola University, Chicago), Simon Balto (Univiersity of Wisconsin, Madison), Johanna Fernandez (Baruch College, City University of New York, New York City), Student Researchers

Panel Three (2:00-3:30PM)
Historical Commemoration and Memory
Join a group discussion of event participants, students, scholars, and community members about how to commemorate and preserve the memory of the events in Camden.

Panel Four 4:00-5:00PM
Podcast Event
Listen to new podcasts on the event created by student researchers led by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Anthony Giacchino, director of “The Camden 28.”

Event Sponsors: The Rutgers Law School • The Department of History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick • The Rutgers University Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice • The Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Important. "The Anti-Policing Uprising" sends the wrong message. Title should read "The Anti-Police Brutality Uprising."

There's also a need to include the aftermath of the uprising which gave rise to a sustained Black consciousness political culture nurtured by the BPUM's early progressiveness. The rise and development of The School of AfreeCam Culture (1972-75)as well as the Camden County Tenants United Front are but two important examples of post-uprising development. Do not recall the Camden 28 as part of the local uprising in 1969 or in 1971 when Rodriguez Gonzales was beat to death by police in North Camden.

James Elton Johnson, PhD
Independent scholar, aka Weusi Msafiri, formerly Director SAC and President CCTUF
Meatcutter and Uprising participant (1971)