Episode 10: 50 years after the riots, Newark says it’s ready for tourists
It was July 12, 1967, when riots erupted in Newark, New Jersey, scarring that city for decades. But the city says it’s coming back, and it’s even launched a tourism campaign.
In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel Editor Beth Harpaz talks with Lauren Craig, the “glambassador” of Newark, about the guidebook she’s written for Newark visitors called “100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die.”
DETROIT (AP) — It wasn't sweet music that brought Martha Reeves to the microphone at the Fox Theatre that day in July 1967; it was brutal reality.
Detroit was burning.
Headlining a string of shows for a hometown crowd, the singer of "Heatwave," ''Dancing in the Street" and other hits announced that rioting had spread through the city. Leave calmly, she said, and return safely to your homes.
DETROIT (AP) — Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. But 50 years ago she was a pre-teen, sleeping on the porch to escape the oppressive heat, awakening to see a sky that glowed unnaturally.
Azerine Jones is a retired baker. But in 1967 she was the 12-year-old daughter of a barber who watched his business go up in smoke.
Girard Townsend is 66 now, living in a seniors building near the Detroit waterfront. But a half century ago, he was just a kid on a city bus.
Recollections of the deadly 1967 rioting in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Some insights and recollections of Detroit's 1967 riots, from those who lived through the unrest and its aftermath:
—"Our apartment was on the first floor and it faced the alley. The looters were all in the alley. Bang, bang, bang — there were guns going off. I thought we'd be shot while we were sleeping. We didn't go out for a couple of days because it was too scary." — Theresa Welsh, a college student in 1967.
DETROIT (AP) — Protests that started 50 years ago in a west side Detroit neighborhood would grow into a riot and later a conflagration that threatened to swallow entire city blocks.
An angry crowd of blacks gathered near 12th and Clairmount streets in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967 after police raided an illegal after-hours club and made arrests. The crowd grew and a tense situation erupted in violence, gunshots and flames.
AP Was There: 50th anniversary of the Newark riots
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Fifty years ago, the city of Newark burned as many of its black citizens, frustrated by an oppressive city government and outraged by police brutality, lashed out in a rage lasting four nights.
Images of Newark, in 1967 and 2017
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Fifty years ago, Newark erupted.
On July 12, 1967, rumors spread that police had killed a black man. Though the story was untrue — the man was beaten, but survived — pent-up rage led to four nights of riots and looting. Newark took its place in that long, hot summer alongside about 150 other disturbances across the United States.
Twenty-six people died in the course of the riots, and property damage was estimated at $10 million — more than $73 million in today's dollars.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The rumor spread quickly: A man had been beaten to death by police. For blacks — frustrated by high unemployment, inadequate schools, substandard housing — yet another abuse by police was too much to bear, and they erupted.
There were no shouts that black lives mattered. This was Newark in 1967, long before deaths at the hands of police in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, gave birth to another movement in another era.