PBS Premiere: July 10, 2007
Revolution '67 is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history — the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, N.J., outbreak in mid-July, Revolution ‘67 reveals how the disturbances began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice. Voices from across the spectrum — activists Tom Hayden and Amiri Baraka, journalist Bob Herbert, Mayor Sharpe James, and other officials, National Guardsmen and Newark citizens — recall lessons as hard-earned then as they have been easy to neglect since. A co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS).
Forty years later, after numerous Newark officials have been indicted and/or imprisoned, and the vital signs of the city are still poor, we recognize that Newark has not learned from its past. The greatest lesson of the 1960s is that the people must empower themselves in order for that change to occur.”
— Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Filmmaker
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July 10, 2007
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From Puritan stronghold to industrial mecca to "Renaissance City," Newark, New Jersey, one of the poorest cities in America, has undergone a series of radical transformations.
As the film unfolds, a picture is sketched of factors that practically made the riots inevitable.”
— Claudia Perry