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Silent No Longer: Voices of the 1967 Newark Race Riots

Kimberly Siegal

Division: Humanities

Dept/Program: History

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Kathleen Brown

Date of this Version: 10 July 2006

This document has been peer reviewed.


Thesis Awards: Sadie Tanner Alexander Award in Africana Studies Jeanette Nichols Prize in American History for the best cultural and or women’s history thesis


From 12 to 18 July 1967, Newark, New Jersey, erupted in one of the most devastating riots in U.S. history. Twenty-six people were killed, but thousands were forever affected by the violence. The U.S. and New Jersey governments did extensive research on these riots, but the real stories of the common citizen in Newark were never documented. My thesis, an oral history, fills in this missing piece of knowledge by providing an in-depth look at the lives of ten individuals who have been shaped by the riots. Using their stories, along with primary and secondary research, I discuss major themes impacting Newark’s black residents – healthcare, education, police brutality, unemployment, and public housing – to illustrate that freedom was not always guaranteed to all Americans.


Oral History

Suggested Citation

Siegal, Kimberly, "Silent No Longer: Voices of the 1967 Newark Race Riots" 10 July 2006. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania,

Date Posted: 31 July 2006

This document has been peer reviewed.




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